Mexico makes an offer to migrants in Honduran caravan – and they have responded

Mexico makes an offer to migrants in Honduran caravan – and they have responded
The president of Mexico has made an offer to the migrants in the caravan from Honduras, but many have rejected it according to reporters who are travelling with them. (PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)

The president of Mexico has made an offer to migrants in a Honduran caravan headed to the U.S. border – and some have already responded.

What is the offer?

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto called the plan “Estas en Tu Casa,” Spanish for “This is Your Home.”

For migrants who agree to the plan, they would receive medical care, some limited housing, and temporary identification and work permits. But, they would have to agree to stay in the southern regions of Mexico and abandon their plan to arrive at the U.S. border.

“Today, Mexico extends you its hand,” said President Nieto to the migrants.

“This plan is only for those who comply with Mexican laws,” he explained, “and it’s a first step towards a permanent solution for those who are granted refugee status in Mexico.”

What have the migrants responded?

The BBC spoke to some of the migrants on the caravan, and they respectfully denied the offer.

“The majority plan to cross the border,” one man said. “And that’s my intention, too.”

“Because, yes, while life here is calmer than at home, it’s still not like the US where it would get better. That’s the goal,” he explained, “to have a better life.”

“It’s a kind offer,” responded a woman to the BBC, “but it’s not the plan that we have, to stay here halfway up.”

Other reports indicate that migrants responded, “Gracias!” but “No, we’re heading north!” when the plan was read to them in the caravan.

Here’s the latest on the Honduran migrant caravan’s progress: