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Refugee Caravan


On April 9, 2017, a group of Central Americans from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua joined to form the 2017 Refugee Caravan, or Viacrucis 2017, put together by organizations from México and the U.S. Among the reasons the Viacrucis was organized was to escape persecution, to seek asylum, to raise awareness about both the violence and the violation of the migrants’ human rights as well as the legal challenges they faced during their journey. A total of 78 asylum seekers turned themselves in to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, CBP, at the San Ysidro port of entry in California on May 7, 2017.