About 10 Central American migrants were injured Friday when a bus, in which they were traveling, crashed in Sonora, northern Mexico. The migrants were making their way to the border city of Tijuana to catch up with a caravan of asylum seekers headed to the United States.
Local media reported that the bus collided with one of the police cars that was monitoring the caravan. The migrants suffered superficial injuries and were brought to a nearby, hospital in the Plutarco Elias Calles municipality, for treatment.
Meanwhile, the other passengers were brought to a multi-purpose center in Sonoyta, where they were provided with food, water and accommodations prior to resuming their journey to the United States.
More than 40 buses, transporting migrants, have crossed Sonora on the way to Tijuana, in the border state of Baja California, where they will start the process to seek aslylum in the United States.
On Friday, about 1,200 Central American migrants left Mexico City to continue the journey to the United States.
Thousands of migrants are already in Tijuana, camping in groups or staying at shelters, where they have faced discrimination from Mexicans. On Thursday, anti-immigrant protesters led by local right-wing politicians shouted and threw things at groups of immigrants who were camping near the border.
An estimated 8,000-10,000 other people are attempting to escape poverty and violence in their home countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador with the hope to gain asylum in the United States. Migrants have been plagued with many obstacles during the journey, including a militarized border and barbed wire installed by Trump’s Administration.