UPDATED 6:43 AM PT – Tue. Nov. 6, 2018
The majority of the migrant caravan has arrived in the Mexican capital, with many still planning to walk hundreds of miles to the U.S. border.
After three weeks on the road, a group of around 1,000 migrants traveled more than 100 miles to Mexico City on Monday, with officials expecting up to 5,000 to arrive by Wednesday.
Mexican officials are housing the group in a sports stadium and have been serving them hot meals.
In the meantime, local humanitarian workers are trying to provide migrants with opportunities in Mexico.
“There will be an interdisciplinary team to work with the people wishing to stay, to give them immediate attention, including a job, and for those who wish to continue on their journey, they will be given information, it’s their decision,” said Father Alejandro Solalinde, Catholic priest and human rights defender in Mexico.
President Trump has made the migrant caravan a central campaign issue ahead of the midterms, and has deployed thousands of military personnel to the southern border to protect national security.