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Migrant caravan embarks on 'route of death' through Mexico

Thousands of wary Central American migrants resumed their push through Mexico, a day after arguments saw some travelers splinter from the main caravan.
songfoot x x / x x / x x / x x / x — / — (this was hurried, so there's some slackening here there) note i do back the newcomers, as long as they ain't bringin here their youngest children, that shouldn't be goin' thru that.

here is the whole thing read/sung thru,


Thousands of wary Central 'Mer'can migrants
on Sunday, a day after arguments th' path over 
ahead saw some trav'lers splinter away from 
the main caravan, which ent'rin a treach'rous 
     part of its journey thru Mexico.

The majority, the roughly four thousand 
migrants, is now headed along what some called 
the "route of death" toward Cordoba town in 
the Veracruz state, which is hundred twenty 
four miles up the road. The daily trek will 
be one of the longest yet, as the exhausted 
group of travelers try to make now progress 
any way it can to the U.S. border 
     still hundreds of miles away.

The arduous trip's already its toll taken—
A day prior, the group was beset by some 
divisions as migrants argued with car'van 
organizers, & criticized the Mex'can 
officials before leavin on their own for the 
     Puebla & Mexico City.

Some were disappointed after the car'van 
organizers unsuccessfully pleaded 
for buses after three weeks on the road then;
others was angry for bein directed 
northward thru Gulf Coast Veracruz state, 
     callin it the "route of death."

A trek via the sugar fields & fruit groves 
of Veracruz take 'em thru a state where now
hundreds of migrants has disappeared recent 
years, fallin prey to kidnappers then seekin 
     for ransom payments.

Author'ties in Veracruz said in September 
they had discovered remains from at least then 
a hundred seventy four people in clandestine 
graves buried, this raisin questions about now
     whether the bodies belonged to migrants,

But even with the group somewhat scattered more, 
most migrants trekkin thru Ver'cruz on Sunday 
they was convinced that trav'lin as a large mass 
it was their best hope for leavin their old lives 
behind & reachin the U.S. The vast major'ty 
of migrants they's fleein rampant poverty, 
gang violence, political instabil'ty 
primarily 'n the Central 'Mer'can countries 
of Honduras, & Guatemala, & too
     El Salvador & Nicaragua.

"We think that it is better continuin now 
together with the car'van. We is goin 
to stay with it & respect th' organizers,"
said Luis Euseda, thirty-two-year-old from 
Tegucigalpa, Honduras who is trav'lin 
with his wife Jessica Fugon. "Others went 
ahead, maybe they have no goal, but we do 
     have a goal & it is to arrive."

Mynor Chavez, a nineteen-year-old from some 
Copan, Honduras, he was now determined 
     to continuin.

"Me, i have no hope; i now graduated
as a computer technician; not even 
with a degree i has could find work," he said 
     'bout life in his home country.

In his desperation to flee, Chavez 
was one outa the many people that crossed 
a river from Guatemala 'nto Mex'co, 
defy'n author'ties deployed to patrol that 
     country's southern frontier.

It remained to be seen if the main group'll
now continue d'rectly north thru Ver'cruz to 
the closest U.S. border, or veer slightly 
westward, make 'em a stop the country's cap'tal.
The cap'tal could serve as better launchin-pad 
for reachin to broader arrayed dest'nations 
along the U.S. border. They could also 
receive additional support, altho the 
Mexican officials have appeared now conflicted 
over whether to help or hinder 'em their journeys.
Mexico's now facin th' unprecedented 
situation, there bein three caravans stretched 
over three-hundred miles of highway in the 
states of Chiapas, Oaxaca & Ver'cruz, with 
a total of more than six thousand migrants.
On Friday, a caravan from El Salv'dor 
waded over the Suchiate Riv'r into Mex'co, 
bringin a thousand or give now five hundred
folks that want to reach to the U.S. border.
That car'van initially tried to cross the 
bridge between Guatemala & then Mex'co, 
but Mexican author'ties told them they'd have 
to show passports & visas & then enter 
     in groups of fifty for processin.

Another car'van, also of one thousand,
or give five hundred, folks, it entered Mex'co 
earlier this week & is now in Chiapas,
That group be'n Hondurans, Salvadorans 
     & some Guatemalans.

The first largest group of Honduran migrants,
mainly, they entered Mex'c' october nineteenth.
Immigration agents & police they has 
at times detained migrants in now the smaller 
car'vans, but sev'ral mayors they has rolled out 
the welcome mat for migrants that reached their towns—
     arrangin for food & camp sites.

Mexico's Interior Department says that nearly 
three thousands of the migrants in the first now
caravan they has applied for refuge in 
Mexico & hundreds more have returned home.
With or without the government's help, 
     uncertainty awaits.

President Donald Trump has ordered U.S.
troops to the Mex'can border in response to 
the caravans. More than seven thousand active duty 
troops have been told to deploy to the Texas, 
Arizona & Californi' ahead of midterms.
He's plannin to sign an order then next week 
that could lead to the large-scale then detention 
of migrants crossin the southern border now & 
bar anyone caught crossin illegal from then
     claimin asylum.