Central American migrants head to the U.S. border in annual Stations of the Cross caravan

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Central American immigrants traveling through Mexico in a caravan that drew the attention of President Donald Trump protested in front of the U.S. Embassy on Saturday in Mexico City.

Mexico’s capital was the final planned stop of the migrant caravan that left from the Mexico-Guatemala border late last month to draw attention to policies toward immigrants and refugees.

Caravan organizer Irineo Mujica said at Mexico City’s Angel of Independence monument that what remains of the caravan would visit the basilica of Mexico’s patron saint later Saturday and seek meetings with representatives of the United Nations and Organization of American States.

“We are looking for some reaction, some change in the policies,” Mujica said.

Last Tuesday, as the caravan camped at a sports complex in southern Mexico, Trump tweeted that “The big Caravan of People from Honduras, now coming across Mexico and heading to our “Weak Laws” Border, had better be stopped before it gets there.”

Later in the week Trump announced that National Guard soldiers would be deployed to bolster the security presence along the U.S.-Mexico border, a move also made during the presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Mexican immigration officials visited the migrant’s camp in Matias Romero over several days processing documents for those who wanted to seek residency in Mexico, apply for special humanitarian visas or simply cross Mexico and request asylum at the U.S. border.

As migrants received their documents they slowly began to peel off from caravan continuing their journey alone or in smaller groups.

It was not immediately clear how many remained in the caravan that once numbered more than 1,000 migrants. One of the group’s security volunteers said about 150 had arrived in Mexico City with him on Friday night. Organizers said more were expected to continue arriving.

The annual “Stations of the Cross” caravan was far larger this year than ever before. Organizers blamed a disputed presidential election in Honduras and continued high levels of gang violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. (AP)

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<p>Central American migrants takes part in the “Migrant Via Crucis” caravan towards the United States, and participate in a protest against the policies of US President Donald Trump in front of the US embassy bulding in Mexico City on April 7, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Central American migrants head to the U.S. border in annual Stations of the Cross caravan

Central American migrants takes part in the “Migrant Via Crucis” caravan towards the United States, and participate in a protest against the policies of US President Donald Trump in front of the US embassy bulding in Mexico City on April 7, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A man, part of the the annual Stations of the Cross caravan march for migrants’ rights, sits silently during a protest at the Angel of Independence monument in Mexico City, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Marco Ugarte/AP) </p>
Central American migrants head to the U.S. border in annual Stations of the Cross caravan

A man, part of the the annual Stations of the Cross caravan march for migrants’ rights, sits silently during a protest at the Angel of Independence monument in Mexico City, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Marco Ugarte/AP)

<p>A group of central americans, part of the the annual Stations of the Cross caravan march for migrants’ rights, during a protest in Mexico City, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Emilio Espejel/NurPhoto via Getty Images) </p>
Central American migrants head to the U.S. border in annual Stations of the Cross caravan

A group of central americans, part of the the annual Stations of the Cross caravan march for migrants’ rights, during a protest in Mexico City, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Photo: Emilio Espejel/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

<p>Buses carrying Central American migrants, as part of a caravan moving through Mexico toward the U.S. border, drive on a highway in Puebla state, Mexico April 6, 2018. (Photo: Henry Romero/Reuters) </p>
Central American migrants head to the U.S. border in annual Stations of the Cross caravan

Buses carrying Central American migrants, as part of a caravan moving through Mexico toward the U.S. border, drive on a highway in Puebla state, Mexico April 6, 2018. (Photo: Henry Romero/Reuters)

<p>Central American migrants, part of a caravan moving through Mexico toward the U.S. border, sit on a bus bound for Puebla, in Matias Romero, Mexico April 5, 2018. (Photo: Henry Romero/Reuters) </p>
Central American migrants head to the U.S. border in annual Stations of the Cross caravan

Central American migrants, part of a caravan moving through Mexico toward the U.S. border, sit on a bus bound for Puebla, in Matias Romero, Mexico April 5, 2018. (Photo: Henry Romero/Reuters)

<p>A man from Honduras, part of a caravan of Central American migrants moving through Mexico toward the U.S. border, carries his belongings before taking a bus bound for Puebla, in Matias Romero, Mexico April 5, 2018. (Photo: Henry Romero/Reuters) </p>
Central American migrants head to the U.S. border in annual Stations of the Cross caravan

A man from Honduras, part of a caravan of Central American migrants moving through Mexico toward the U.S. border, carries his belongings before taking a bus bound for Puebla, in Matias Romero, Mexico April 5, 2018. (Photo: Henry Romero/Reuters)

<p>A young boy peers out the window of the bus that will carry him to Mexico City from the sports club where Central American migrants traveling with the annual “Stations of the Cross” caravan had been camping out in Matias Romero, Oaxaca State, Mexico, Thursday, April 5, 2018. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP) </p>
Central American migrants head to the U.S. border in annual Stations of the Cross caravan

A young boy peers out the window of the bus that will carry him to Mexico City from the sports club where Central American migrants traveling with the annual “Stations of the Cross” caravan had been camping out in Matias Romero, Oaxaca State, Mexico, Thursday, April 5, 2018. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP)

<p>Honduran migrant Genesis Martinez, 18, poses for a picture holding her two-month-old son Cesar at the sports club where they have been camping out, in Matias Romero, Oaxaca State, Mexico, Thursday, April 5, 2018. Martinez decided to join the migrant caravan after the woman she had been working for near Mexico’s southern border threw her out of the house after she gave birth.(Photo: Felix Marquez/AP) </p>
Central American migrants head to the U.S. border in annual Stations of the Cross caravan

Honduran migrant Genesis Martinez, 18, poses for a picture holding her two-month-old son Cesar at the sports club where they have been camping out, in Matias Romero, Oaxaca State, Mexico, Thursday, April 5, 2018. Martinez decided to join the migrant caravan after the woman she had been working for near Mexico’s southern border threw her out of the house after she gave birth.(Photo: Felix Marquez/AP)

<p>A boy says goodbye to a friend through the windshield of a bus that will carry him to Mexico City from the sports club where Central American migrants traveling with the annual “Stations of the Cross” caravan had been camping out in Matias Romero, Oaxaca State, Mexico, Thursday, April 5, 2018. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP) </p>
Central American migrants head to the U.S. border in annual Stations of the Cross caravan

A boy says goodbye to a friend through the windshield of a bus that will carry him to Mexico City from the sports club where Central American migrants traveling with the annual “Stations of the Cross” caravan had been camping out in Matias Romero, Oaxaca State, Mexico, Thursday, April 5, 2018. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP)

<p>Women from El Salvador and part of a caravan of Central American migrants moving through Mexico toward the U.S. border, wash at a sports field in Matias Romero, Mexico April 4, 2018. (Photo: Henry Romero/Reuters) </p>
Central American migrants head to the U.S. border in annual Stations of the Cross caravan

Women from El Salvador and part of a caravan of Central American migrants moving through Mexico toward the U.S. border, wash at a sports field in Matias Romero, Mexico April 4, 2018. (Photo: Henry Romero/Reuters)

<p>The Zelaya siblings, from El Salvador, Nayeli, right, Anderson, center, and Daniela, huddle together on a soccer field, at the sports club where Central American migrants traveling with the annual “Stations of the Cross” caravan are camped out, in Matias Romero, Oaxaca State, Mexico on April 4, 2018. The children’s father Elmer Zelaya, 38, said the family is awaiting temporary transit visas that would allow them to continue to the U.S. border, where they hope to request asylum and join relatives in New York. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP) </p>
Central American migrants head to the U.S. border in annual Stations of the Cross caravan

The Zelaya siblings, from El Salvador, Nayeli, right, Anderson, center, and Daniela, huddle together on a soccer field, at the sports club where Central American migrants traveling with the annual “Stations of the Cross” caravan are camped out, in Matias Romero, Oaxaca State, Mexico on April 4, 2018. The children’s father Elmer Zelaya, 38, said the family is awaiting temporary transit visas that would allow them to continue to the U.S. border, where they hope to request asylum and join relatives in New York. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP)

<p>A Central American migrant (R), part of a caravan moving through Mexico toward the U.S. border, receives a meal at a sports field in Matias Romero, Mexico April 4, 2018. (Photo: Henry Romero/Reuters) </p>
Central American migrants head to the U.S. border in annual Stations of the Cross caravan

A Central American migrant (R), part of a caravan moving through Mexico toward the U.S. border, receives a meal at a sports field in Matias Romero, Mexico April 4, 2018. (Photo: Henry Romero/Reuters)

<p>A boy laughs as he plays with a Mexican clown named “Chocolate” at the sports club where Central American migrants traveling with the annual Stations of the Cross caravan have been camped out, at a sports club in Matias Romero, Oaxaca State, Mexico, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP) </p>
Central American migrants head to the U.S. border in annual Stations of the Cross caravan

A boy laughs as he plays with a Mexican clown named “Chocolate” at the sports club where Central American migrants traveling with the annual Stations of the Cross caravan have been camped out, at a sports club in Matias Romero, Oaxaca State, Mexico, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP)

<p>Central American migrants arrive at in Ixtepec, Oaxaca, Mexico, before continuing their journey to the U.S. despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s vow to stamp out illegal immigration, March 30, 2018. (Photo: Jose Jesus Cortes/Reuters) </p>
Central American migrants caravan

Central American migrants arrive at in Ixtepec, Oaxaca, Mexico, before continuing their journey to the U.S. despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s vow to stamp out illegal immigration, March 30, 2018. (Photo: Jose Jesus Cortes/Reuters)

<p>A woman is reflected in a mirror as she gets ready for the day, as Central American migrants traveling with the annual “Stations of the Cross” caravan wake up at a sports club in Matias Romero, Oaxaca State, Mexico, uesday, April 3, 2018. The caravan of Central American migrants that angered U.S. President Donald Trump was sidelined at a sports field in southern Mexico with no means of reaching the border even as Trump tweeted another threat to Mexico Tuesday.(Photo: Felix Marquez/AP) </p>
Central American migrants caravan

A woman is reflected in a mirror as she gets ready for the day, as Central American migrants traveling with the annual “Stations of the Cross” caravan wake up at a sports club in Matias Romero, Oaxaca State, Mexico, uesday, April 3, 2018. The caravan of Central American migrants that angered U.S. President Donald Trump was sidelined at a sports field in southern Mexico with no means of reaching the border even as Trump tweeted another threat to Mexico Tuesday.(Photo: Felix Marquez/AP)

<p>A Mexican immigration worker speaks to Central American migrant women as he carries out out paperwork for migrants wishing to apply for refugee status in Mexico, as he canvases people participating in the Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan that has set up camp at a sports center in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, late Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP) </p>
Central American migrants caravan

A Mexican immigration worker speaks to Central American migrant women as he carries out out paperwork for migrants wishing to apply for refugee status in Mexico, as he canvases people participating in the Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan that has set up camp at a sports center in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, late Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP)

<p>A Central American migrant family from Honduras participating in the annual Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan or “Via crucis,” organized by the “Pueblo Sin Fronteras” activist group, joke around as they rest at a sports center during the caravan’s few-days stop in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Monday, April 2, 2018. A Mexican government official said the caravans are tolerated because migrants have a right under Mexican law to request asylum in Mexico or to request a humanitarian visa allowing travel to the U.S. border to seek asylum in the United States. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP) </p>
Central American migrants caravan

A Central American migrant family from Honduras participating in the annual Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan or “Via crucis,” organized by the “Pueblo Sin Fronteras” activist group, joke around as they rest at a sports center during the caravan’s few-days stop in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Monday, April 2, 2018. A Mexican government official said the caravans are tolerated because migrants have a right under Mexican law to request asylum in Mexico or to request a humanitarian visa allowing travel to the U.S. border to seek asylum in the United States. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP)

<p>Central American migrants from Honduras sing their national anthem during the annual Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan or “Via crucis,” organized by the “Pueblo Sin Fronteras” activist group, as the group makes a few-days stop in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP) </p>
Central American migrants caravan

Central American migrants from Honduras sing their national anthem during the annual Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan or “Via crucis,” organized by the “Pueblo Sin Fronteras” activist group, as the group makes a few-days stop in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP)

<p>A Central American migrant from Honduras wears his nation’s flag during the annual Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan or “Via crucis,” organized by the “Pueblo Sin Fronteras” activist group, as the group makes a few-days stop in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Monday, April 2, 2018. While a group of about a couple of hundred men in the march broke off and hopped a freight train north on Sunday, the rest seem unlikely to move until Wednesday or Thursday, and are probably going to take buses to the last scheduled stop for the caravan, a migrant rights symposium in central Puebla state. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP) </p>
Central American migrants caravan

A Central American migrant from Honduras wears his nation’s flag during the annual Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan or “Via crucis,” organized by the “Pueblo Sin Fronteras” activist group, as the group makes a few-days stop in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Monday, April 2, 2018. While a group of about a couple of hundred men in the march broke off and hopped a freight train north on Sunday, the rest seem unlikely to move until Wednesday or Thursday, and are probably going to take buses to the last scheduled stop for the caravan, a migrant rights symposium in central Puebla state. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP)

<p>A Central American migrant shows off his shirt featuring Colombian singer Maluma during the annual Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan or “Via crucis,” organized by the “Pueblo Sin Fronteras” activist group, at a sports center during the group’s few-days stop in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Monday, April 2, 2018. The “Stations of the Cross” migrant caravans have been held in southern Mexico for about 10 years, beginning as short processions of migrants, some dressed in biblical garb and carrying crosses, as an Easter-season protest against the kidnappings, extortion, beatings and killings suffered by many Central American migrants as they cross Mexico. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP) </p>
Central American migrants caravan

A Central American migrant shows off his shirt featuring Colombian singer Maluma during the annual Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan or “Via crucis,” organized by the “Pueblo Sin Fronteras” activist group, at a sports center during the group’s few-days stop in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Monday, April 2, 2018. The “Stations of the Cross” migrant caravans have been held in southern Mexico for about 10 years, beginning as short processions of migrants, some dressed in biblical garb and carrying crosses, as an Easter-season protest against the kidnappings, extortion, beatings and killings suffered by many Central American migrants as they cross Mexico. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP)

<p>Central American migrants -taking part in a caravan called “Migrant Viacrucis”- rest at a sports center field in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico on April 2, 2018. President Donald Trump lashed out in fury Monday over immigration, an outburst triggered by images of a “caravan” of hundreds of Central American migrants headed towards the US border. (Photo: Victoria Razo/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Central American migrants caravan

Central American migrants -taking part in a caravan called “Migrant Viacrucis”- rest at a sports center field in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico on April 2, 2018. President Donald Trump lashed out in fury Monday over immigration, an outburst triggered by images of a “caravan” of hundreds of Central American migrants headed towards the US border. (Photo: Victoria Razo/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A Central American migrant from El Salvador participating in the Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan is lit up by her cell phone during the caravan’s few-day’s stop at a sports center in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, late Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP) </p>
Central American migrants caravan

A Central American migrant from El Salvador participating in the Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan is lit up by her cell phone during the caravan’s few-day’s stop at a sports center in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, late Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP)

<p>Central American migrant children play with a piñata during the annual Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan or “Via Crucis,” organized by the “Pueblo Sin Fronteras” activist group, at a sports center as the caravan stops for a few days in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP) </p>
Central American migrants caravan

Central American migrant children play with a piñata during the annual Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan or “Via Crucis,” organized by the “Pueblo Sin Fronteras” activist group, at a sports center as the caravan stops for a few days in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP)

<p>A Central American migrant family from Honduras participating in the annual Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan or “Via crucis,” organized by the “Pueblo Sin Fronteras” activist group, rests at a sports center during the caravan’s few-days stop in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP) </p>
Central American migrants caravan

A Central American migrant family from Honduras participating in the annual Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan or “Via crucis,” organized by the “Pueblo Sin Fronteras” activist group, rests at a sports center during the caravan’s few-days stop in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP)

<p>Clothing hangs to dry at a sports center being used as a base for a few days by a caravan of Central American migrants who are part of the annual Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan or “Via crucis,” organized by the “Pueblo Sin Fronteras” activist group, in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP) </p>
Central American migrants caravan

Clothing hangs to dry at a sports center being used as a base for a few days by a caravan of Central American migrants who are part of the annual Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan or “Via crucis,” organized by the “Pueblo Sin Fronteras” activist group, in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP)

<p>A Central American migrant woman gives water to a baby as the annual Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan sets up camp for a few days at a sports center in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, late Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP) </p>
Mexico Migrant Caravan

A Central American migrant woman gives water to a baby as the annual Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan sets up camp for a few days at a sports center in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, late Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP)

<p>A group of Central American refugees and asylum seekers, led by the non-profit humanitarian organization Pueblos Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders), ride ‘The Beast’ freight train in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, on Sunday, April 1, 2018. The Trump administration is crafting legislation to make it harder for refugees to gain asylum in the U.S. and loosen restrictions on detaining immigrants apprehended near the border, a senior White House official said. (Photo: Jordi Ruiz Cirera/Bloomberg via Getty Images) </p>
Central American migrants caravan

A group of Central American refugees and asylum seekers, led by the non-profit humanitarian organization Pueblos Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders), ride ‘The Beast’ freight train in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, on Sunday, April 1, 2018. The Trump administration is crafting legislation to make it harder for refugees to gain asylum in the U.S. and loosen restrictions on detaining immigrants apprehended near the border, a senior White House official said. (Photo: Jordi Ruiz Cirera/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

<p>Central American migrants participating in the Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan or “Via crucis,” set up camp at a sports center during the caravan’s few-day’s stop in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, late Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP) </p>
Mexico Migrant Caravan

Central American migrants participating in the Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan or “Via crucis,” set up camp at a sports center during the caravan’s few-day’s stop in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, late Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP)

<p>Central American migrant women and children stand in line for food during the annual Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan as the group sets up camp at a sports center in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, late Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP) </p>
Mexico Migrant Caravan

Central American migrant women and children stand in line for food during the annual Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan as the group sets up camp at a sports center in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, late Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Felix Marquez/AP)

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