Members of the “migrant caravan” currently camped out in Tijuana, Mexico, just across the border from San Diego, California, told MSNBC late Tuesday that they were told making entrance into the United States would be much easier and that they’re ready to make the long journey back home.
The MSNBC reporter on scene claims that after speaking with migrants biding their time in shelters near the border, that many of the would-be asylum seekers were told that crossing the border would be a relatively painless process, and that most of them would be eligible for available work programs designed to help them integrate into American culture and society.
That didn’t turn out to be the case; it appears many of the members of the “migrant caravan” were sold a bill of goods, and are just coming to realize that crossing the border will be much more difficult than they imagined, particularly in light of the weekend’s violence.
The problem has become so pronounced — and demand to return to Honduras has gotten so high — that the government of Mexico is setting up tents in migrant camps along the border, helping those who might want to return to obtain safe passage back to Honduras and Guatemala, where the caravan originated.
The Mexican government is also keeping offers of temporary amnesty and temporary work visas open for those who are disillusioned with the caravan’s goals but feel they cannot return to war- and drug-ravaged Central America. (Read more from “Watch: Caravan Migrants Reveal How Miserable They Are” HERE)