The Latest: Patience wears thin as caravan heads north
ISLA, Mexico (AP) – The Latest on the caravans of migrants making their way through Mexico to the United States (all times local):
Tensions are fraying the edges of the caravan of Central American migrants making their way through southern Mexico.
The majority of the roughly 4,000 migrants are gathering in the towns of Juan Rodriguez Clara, Veracruz and Isla, Veracruz, which are about 40 miles (64 kilometers) from their previous rest stop in Sayula. Another contingent is trying to make additional headway by pushing to Tierra Blanca, Veracruz, which lies about 80 extra miles (128 kilometers) to the north.
But many appear to be growing increasingly angry with caravan organizers after confusion broke out regarding buses that would have taken migrants to Mexico City more quickly.
On Friday, the state governor of the Gulf coast state of Veracruz reneged on a brief offer to provide transportation.
Almost immediately afterward, Gov. Miguel Angel Yunes released a second video saying that it would not be correct to send the migrants to Mexico City because the city’s water system was undergoing maintenance and 7 million of its people would be without water over the weekend.
In the lapse between the announcements, organizers told members of the caravan that buses would indeed be available.
Human rights activist Ernesto Castaneda said there’s still a possibility that bulk transportation will be arranged for the group later Saturday.
The caravan is currently hundreds of miles from the closest U.S. border.