The first members of the migrant caravan have reached the U.S.-Mexico border, as a group of 80 — most of whom are LGBT migrants — arrived in a border city just below San Diego, California on Sunday, according to an NPR report.
The group, primarily made-up of Guatemalan, Salvadoran, Honduran, and Nicaraguan migrants, arrived in Tijuana, Mexico first because they abandoned the main caravan in Mexico City — after facing abuse from locals — and made their own path forward.
“Whenever we arrived at a stopping point the LGBT community was the last to be taken into account in every way,” Honduran migrant Cesar Mejia explained at a press conference early this week. “So our goal was to change that and say, ‘This time we are going to be first.'”
One transgender woman among the LGBT migrants noted “there was no physical abuse but there was plenty of verbal abuse.”
Mejia went on to describe how pro-LGBT groups “organizations began to help us. We did not contact them; they learned from our group thanks to the media and decided to help us.”
“We want to do things in order, in the right way,” he added — referencing the asylum seeking process. “We are waiting for our representatives.”
Their arrival time is far ahead of schedule compared to the original caravan, which still could be weeks away.
President Donald Trump made the caravan major news in the U.S. leading up to the election, as he and his supporters in the media warned of an “invasion” at the southern border and urged their base to go out and vote for this reason.
Watch some of the first migrants arrive in Tijuana above, via Global News.
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