Unlike the caravans that made headlines in 2019, this one will take considerably longer. The Mexican government has prevented truckers from letting migrants hitch a ride, so they will have to walk the entire 2,500 miles to the Texas border.
The migrants, mostly Central Americans, South Americans, and Haitians take the 2,500-mile journey to Texas. According to Fox News, the group was sorted through a QR code that allowed members to register to start Oct. 15. The Mexican government banned migrants from hitching rides from truckers. The migrants will have to take the entire journey on foot.
"Tell Biden we are coming," one migrant named William from El Salvador told the news outlet.
The caravan left Tapachula on the border with Guatemala on Oct. 23. Within hours of starting their journey, the migrants were greeted by Mexican National Guard troops. But the migrants forced their way through the blockade, resuming their journey to the United States.
The caravan is traveling north before the reinstatement of the "Remain in Mexico" policy, which the Department of Homeland Security aims to bring back by mid-November after Texas and Missouri won an appeal, and the Supreme Court ordered the policy be restored in August.
The Biden administration has accused root causes like poverty, corruption, and violence in Central America and elsewhere. It has promised massive investments of taxpayer money to try and combat those root causes.
The Trump-era policy wants asylum-seekers to stay in Mexico while awaiting hearings on their haven requests.
The Biden administration has promised to end the Remain in Mexico policy through a different method, after a federal court in Texas ruled that the administration's previous memorandum on ending the policy was against the law.
The Department of Homeland Security said it would return the policy by mid-November in response to the court order upheld by the Supreme Court.
Border Patrol sources told Fox News that as many as 60,000 migrants are massing on the Mexican side of the border and intend to enter the U.S. in the coming days in anticipation of the policy's re-implementation.
Border arrests rose to an all-time high, more than 1.7 million, in the 2021 fiscal year, which ended in September. The border situation was back into the national spotlight in September with a wave of Haitian migrants.