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Central American Migrant Caravans Continue Their Attempts To Reach U.S. Soil

Mexico's National Guard escorts migrants
Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs
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Mexico's National Guard escorts migrants being sent back to Central America on January 2020.

MEXICO CITY — Migrant caravans have been regularly traveling from Central America with the hopes of reaching the United States. The last one tried to reach American soil this week, but Guatemala and Mexico have kept tight operations on their borders to stop them — with the blessing of the U.S.

Mexico has been reinforcing its southern border using the National Guard and stricter checkpoints. The Mexican government says migrations may not happen without order and safety, particularly during the pandemic. 

Guatemala has been criticized by civil rights organizations for what they consider extreme use of force. According to reports, the most recent caravan was dissuaded there using tear gas and shields.   

Detained migrants are sent by bus to Honduras and El Salvador, their main countries of origin, or detained in immigration centers. 

The Trump administration had congratulated both countries for their operations. It is unclear if president Joe Biden will tackle this specific immigration issue.

Rodrigo Cervantes is KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City, where he was born and raised. He has served as opinion writer, contributor and commentator for several media outlets and organizations in Mexico and the United States, including CNN, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Univisión. Cervantes previously worked as the business editor and editorial coordinator for El Norte, the leading newspaper in Monterrey and a publication of Grupo Reforma, Mexico’s premier news group. In Mexico City, Cervantes served in Reforma as a reporter, special correspondent, editor and special sections coordinator. Cervantes also held the editor position at MundoHispánico, a division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia’s oldest and largest Latino newspaper. He also participated as one of the first members of the Diversity Advisory Group for Cox Media. In 2012, Cervantes was appointed as fellow for the Leadership Program of The New York Times/Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, as well as for the "Líderes Digitales" program from the International Center for Journalists. In 2010, he was awarded with the Poynter-McCormick Leadership Fellowship. Cervantes graduated with honors in communication sciences and journalism from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico City Campus. Later, he was granted the Fundación Carolina Scholarship from the Spanish government to obtain an MBA degree at San Pablo-CEU School of Business (Madrid). Other awards include: the Power 30 Under 30 Award for Professional and Community Excellence in Atlanta, the Outstanding Alumni Medal from ITESM, and several José Martí Awards for Journalism Excellence from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). Cervantes enjoys music, books, travel, friendship, good mezcal and the occasional company of his guitar.