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Migrants hitchhike in Mexico on way to U.S. border

22 January 2019

A group of Central American migrants hitchhiked through Mexico's southern state of Chiapas on Monday, en route to the country's northern border with the United States. According to reports, more than 1,000 Central Americans are travelling through Mexico as part of the latest group of caravans.

They are heading out on foot, jumping onto the back of trucks and calling on the goodwill of locals to help them on their way north. Many of these migrants are escaping poverty and violence back home, and in search of better opportunities in Mexico and the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly vowed to stop the Central American caravans, sending troops to reinforce the border and describing the migrants as an invading force.