Residents in border states such as Arizona may have heard about a caravan that is looking to cross Mexico with hopes of eventually reaching the United States. According to organizers, there are roughly 200 people in that caravan, and their goal is to seek asylum once they reach the United States border. A representative from Pueblo Sin Fronteras said that this was more than twice as many as was expected.
Many in the caravan are of Central American descent and are trying to escape harsh conditions in Honduras or El Salvador. One man acknowledged that his odds of actually getting asylum were relatively slim as he had no proof of the danger that he faced back home. However, he claimed that he and his family were fleeing from a gang in Honduras that had already killed one of his relatives.
President Donald Trump has criticized the members of the caravan and has also criticized Mexico for not doing anything to stop it. However, some of those who are have taken part say that they are going to remain in Mexico as opposed to entering the United States. Another Honduran man said that he was torn between finishing his journey or going back to care for his ailing mother.
Immigrants who are looking to enter the United States because of fear of persecution back home may be entitled to asylum in America. An attorney may be able to assist an immigrant in gathering evidence to support that claim. An attorney may also act as a translator in court or help an immigrant understand documents that could contain instructions written in English. In some cases, having legal counsel increases the chances of an individual remaining in the country instead of being deported back home.