Defiant Central American migrants from the sprawling human ‘caravan’ snaking north through Mexico taunted President Trump and vowed to continue their push towards the US – declaring: ‘We’ll see you soon Mr President.’
And they told DailyMail.com about the reality of what Trump called ‘the strong immigration laws of Mexico’ revealing that in fact they were being given 20 or even 30-day passes to travel freely and told to report to immigration centers, which dot the U.S. border.
Far from being ‘broken up’ as Trump claimed on Thursday morning, the caravan was being helped on its way to Mexico City with coaches which arrived not long after he tweeted.
And while Mexican officials had encouraged it to disperse, they did so by giving permits to stay in the country without asking a single question about gangs and crimes.
Organizers, Pueblo Sin Fronteras – People Without Borders – say they will only go as far as Mexico City where the ‘lucha’ movement – Spanish for fight – will disband rather than march to the border.
But many of the 1,000 or so migrants, the majority fleeing gang-plagued Honduras, told DailyMail.com they faced persecution or death if they returned to their homeland, and would press ahead to the U.S. regardless.
‘It’s his country, Senor Trump can do what he wants to. He can put as much military on the border as he likes,’ said Jose Acosta, a 35-year-old farmer escaping violence in the Honduran city of Morazán.
‘But when it comes to it, I will cross the border. I can assure you that I’m going to get into the US, I have faith in God.’
His determination was echoed by Salvadoran national Marvin Geovanni Alvarez, 39, who lived illegally in Atlanta, Georgia, for a year before he was deported in 2013, wrenching him away from his wife Daisy, 36, and sons, Marvin, 20, and 18-year Gerardo.
‘Trump is crazy. He’s racist. The National Guard doesn’t worry me, it’s all bulls***,’ he told DailyMail.com.
‘I’ll be reunited with my family. See you soon Mr President.’
Alvarez’s harrowing back story is typical of many of the hundreds of disheveled migrants sheltering in dilapidated locker rooms or laying under trees or tarps inside the blisteringly hot Victor F. Flores Morales Sports Center in the rural town of Matias Romero.
He was targeted by MS-13 gangsters after returning to El Salvador, stabbed three times – once in the head – and warned he would be murdered if he didn’t join up.
‘If they see me again they kill me. The gangs are even here in Mexico. So tomorrow I go to the United States, nobody is going to stop me,’ he vowed.