‘We’re going to get killed in our countries’: Migrant caravan plea for their lives

By Nicole Acevedo and Gadi Schwartz

TIJUANA, Mexico — Some of the Central American migrants who remain in the Benito Juarez shelter, the largest one giving refuge to participants of the migrant caravan in Tijuana, came together on Tuesday to plea for their lives and demand that their human rights stopped being violated.

“Many of the people that partook in this journey, we have to continue trying [to come to the U.S.] because we’re going to get killed if we return to our countries,” read a joint statement from selected representatives of the migrant caravan. They call themselves the Éxodo Migratorio Centroamericano Por La Vida, which loosely translates to ‘For The Live Of Central American Migrants in the Exodus.’

They also made an impassioned case at a press conference at the shelter, reiterating that they face real danger if they go back.

It has been 46 days since these migrants left Central American countries such as Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Members of the caravan defended themselves from the backlash that ensued after a protest at the Tijuana-San Diego border turned violent and U.S. border authorities used tear gas.

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