Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America en route to the United States, try to catch a ride on a truck, in Irapuato, Mexico
Some 1,500 Central Americans left this city Friday to continue their uncertain journey to the U.S. despite measures announced by the Trump Administration that could limit their ability to seek asylum.
By early Saturday morning, an additional 3,500 migrants left on foot.
The vast majority said they were headed for Tijuana. Others, including Edwin Edgardo Hernandez and a group of a dozen or so, quietly plotted possible routes to the Texas border.
Hernandez has grand plans of reuniting with his brother in Dallas. But, for now, he said Atlanta beckons with a bigger sense of urgency: Jobs. Weeks ago, his former boss sent word to his community via recruiters that construction jobs await him and others to build stores like Wal-Marts and Home Depots — the kind of construction work he once did here in the U.S., the very work that once helped him earn enough money to build a home back in Honduras.
“I’m told the economy is very good again,” he said. “I know from past experience that when there are jobs there will be a way to get in. It’s about resolve, and God, not Trump.”