Why the Migrant Caravan Is California Dreamin’
AZCentral.com recently ran an article purporting to explain why migrant caravans traveling from Central America inevitably take the longest route to the United States.Typically, caravans trek 2,500 miles from the Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala) to Tijuana, eschewing closer border crossing points like Reynosa and Matamoros Texas, which are only about 1,200 miles from Central America.According to unnamed “experts” and caravan organizers interviewed by the AZCentral.com, there are three reasons for avoiding the Texas ports of entry:
- Avoiding criminal organizations that prey on migrants in the Mexican states of Tamaulipas and Veracruz. Both states must be crossed on the way to Reynosa and Matamoros.
- Tijuana’s established network of shelters and humanitarian organizations that aid migrants.
- Tijuana’s physical proximity to California, which has declared itself a “sanctuary state.”
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