There is a second caravan forming at the Honduran border and it looks like it will be following a larger caravan of more than 7,000 from Central America. Both crowds of migrants are moving toward the U.S.- Mexico border, according to the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.
The first caravan is approximately 1,100 miles from the U.S. border town of Reynosa, directly across from McAllen, Texas.
Guatemalan authorities on Sunday estimated the new group, which gathered in a Guatemalan city near the border of Honduras, to be at 1,000. But the group appears to be growing. There are recent estimates from church led charities and activists that have reported the group is now at about 2,500.
The new caravan plans to follow the larger group, who passed through the southern Mexico border over the weekend. The second caravan is believed to have begun its journey in San Pedro Sula, where the first caravan began with less than 200 participants.
“We know this won’t end in a few days and will be a long progress of migration,” said a migrant shelter worker in Guatemala City.
The vast majority of the migrants from Honduras are escaping crime and extreme poverty. Activists say migrants opt to travel in large numbers to avoid the dangers of crime and human traffickers.
President Trump told USA Today in an interview that “people from the Middle East” are among the thousands of migrants in the caravan. He had previously made this claim on Twitter Monday morning when he complained there were MS-13 gang “criminals and unknown Middle Easterners mixed in.”
A spokesman from the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday said the agency could confirm that there are individuals in the caravan who are gang members or have significant criminal histories. The spokesman also confirmed Trump’s claim that some are citizens from outside Central America, like the Middle East.
Trump declared the first migrant caravan a “national emergency” and has threatened to cut millions in aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras for their inability to stop migrants from “coming illegally to the U.S.”