In interviews with reporters at the border on Sunday, Honduran migrant Cesar Mejia spoke for the more than 80 LGBT members of the Central American caravan who arrived at the fence this weekend, well ahead of the rest of the pack.
“Whenever we arrived at a stopping point, the LGBT community was the last to be taken into account in every way,” Mejia said of his group’s decision to split with the rest of the 3,600 some-odd caravan migrants. “So our goal was to change that and say, ‘This time we are going to be first.’”
So it was that this subgroup of caravan migrants went their own way when everyone arrived in Mexico City. Apparently having found better traveling accommodations, they found their way to the U.S. border long before the rest of the caravan. Immediately, they began hopping the fence, pushing their way through spots along the border too decrepit to keep them out, and doing God only knows what else as they searched for a way into America.
If Democrats and left-wing special interest groups had scripted it, they couldn’t have written themselves a better way to kick off the caravan’s arrival.
Of course, that statement assumes that they didn’t.
Members of the group in Tijuana include Honduran, Guatemalan, Nicaraguan and Salvadoran men and women, including transgender men and women, and also a handful of children. They are weeks ahead of the thousands who are on foot; the largest group of migrants is in Guadalajara, Mexico — nearly 1,400 miles south of Tijuana.
Most plan to use their status as members of a persecuted class to request asylum in the U.S. as early as Thursday.
“We are fleeing a country where there’s a lot of crime against us,” an unidentified transgender woman, told reporters.
The LGBT migrants gravitated toward one another within the caravan and began organizing en route. An internal count revealed there were more than 120 LGBT people among them, Voice of San Diego reported. Their number emboldened the collective to forge their own path northward, which they did after linking up with an assortment of U.S. and Mexico-based LGBT groups that paid for the asylum-seekers to travel by bus, Univision said.
News of the caravan’s first arrivals coincides with a new poll from Gallup, which says that at least 5 million poor Central Americans are interested in migrating to the United States for work. To put it another way, that figure represents a third of all Central American adults. And when you consider the number of children (and chain-migrated family members) these immigrants would bring along with them, the number could be exponentially higher.
They will be watching to see how much success the economic refugees in this caravan have getting into the U.S. They will be watching closely, indeed.