MEXICO CITY – About 900 Central American migrants headed out of Mexico City on Friday to embark on the longest and most dangerous leg of their journey to the U.S. a multi-layered shelter.
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To many people, and they had little knowledge of the city or the 1,740 mile (2,800 kilometer) route to Tijuana that lay ahead of them.
Carlos Castanaza, a 29-year-old plumber from Guatemala City, wrapped himself from the first toll booth was. 20 minutes (30 kilometers) away, he carefully wrote the name of the town on his hand.
He was born in Connecticut, Castanaza was desperate to get back to his two U.S.-born children. "I've been unable to get caravan came through," said Castanaza. "That's why I joined the caravan."
The advanced group hoped to reach the north-central city of Queretaro, about 105 miles (170 kilometers) to the northwest, by nightfall.
Meanwhile, at least 4,000 migrants milled around the massive shelter at Mexico City sports complex, impatient to leave.
Nissaneli Ramirez, director of Mexico's Human Rights Commission.
From there, they will pass through the Mexican cities of Queretaro, Guadalajara, Culiacan and Hermosillo on their way to the U.S. border, Ramirez said, adding that 400 Mexicans had chosen to stay in Mexico City.
The governor of Queretaro state, Francisco Dominguez, said the migrants would stay at Corregidora in the state's capital and that authorities were ready to host 4,000 people.
Meanwhile, migrants in the stadium in southern Mexico City were getting impatient.
"Let's go, let's go!" Shouted Eddy Rivera, 37, a rail-thin migrant from Honduras who said he could not stay in the camp any longer. "We are all sick," said Rivera, who left behind four children and a wife in Honduras. "We have to get to Tijuana."
If he was a person, he would have been able to get a job in Puerto Cortes, Honduras.
Thousands of migrants have begun the mid-October period, receiving medical attention and debating with their arduous trek through Central America and Mexico. On Thursday, caravan representatives from the United Nations, said the trek would be too hard and dangerous for walking and hitchhiking.
Caravan coordinator Milton Benitez said officials had offered them for women. By Friday, the migrants said they were so angry at the U.N. observers with the caravan.
The United Nations on Friday denied the offer, releasing a statement saying its agencies "are unable to provide the transportation demanded by some members of the caravan."
The migrants made a big point of sticking together, their only form of self-protection.
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Mexico City is more than 600 miles from the nearest U.S. border crossing at McAllen, Texas, but the area around the Mexican border cities of Reynosa, Matamoros and Nuevo Laredo is so rife with drug gangs that the migrants consider it too dangerous to risk.
A caravan in the spring, across from San Diego. It caravan steadily dwindled to only about 200 people at the time it reached the border.
"California is the longest but the worst border," said Jose Luis Fuentes of the National Lawyers Guild.
And has served refuge, asylum or work visas to the migrants, and its government said 2,697 temporary visas had been released to individuals and families to cover them while they were waiting for the 45-day application process for a more permanent status. On Wednesday, a bus left from Mexico to return 37 people to their countries of origin.
But many want to continue on the United States.
Authorities say most have to stay in Mexico. About 85 percent of the migrants are from Honduras, while others are from the Central American countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.
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