>> Several thousand Central American migrants defying the tropical heat, and threats from President Donald Trump continued to make their way North Tuesday from southern Mexico toward the US. Reuters correspondent Delphine Schrank is near the border of Mexico and Guatemala.>> They're moving on foot mostly, and in fact you see a lot of people with terrible foot ailments.
The heat is tropically hot, so people are walking at noonday heat, and sure, lots of little children are either riding on the shoulders of adults. I've seen a few in little baby strollers. Now, a lot of others are jumping on trucks and pickups. And yesterday, there was the first fatality, a young man, I think he was 22, he fell off and he died.
>> The estimated 7,000 to 10,000 men, women, and children are primarily from Honduras, and are fleeing poverty and violence in their homeland. The caravan is now nearly 1,100 miles from the US border. Trump on Monday threatened to cut off aid to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador in response to those countries not stopping the migrants.
Trump also claimed without evidence that the caravan included gang members and people from the Middle East.>> You're gonna find MS-13. You're gonna find Middle Eastern. You're gonna find everything. And guess what? We're not allowing them in our country.>> But Reuters found many of the migrants were simply hoping to find work, some of them having been deported from the US at least once before.
>> I've had lots of conversations with individuals, they tend to be men who have been in the United States, and who were there for work, and they wanna make money to send back to their children. I met one man, Henry Martina, left behind his four kids and his wife he tells me, as he was tearing up, to head back to the US after being deported from Miami.
Because it's really the only way he sees to make enough money to support his family.>> This is the largest such caravan of Central American migrants headed northward to date. In the past, most members dropped out before reaching the US, and only a small proportion completed the arduous trek and presented themselves at the border.
>> The journey north is a hell of a journey. And I think it's hard to convey this. Even here, it's a 17 mile hike in searing tropical heat on foot. When you're carrying a little backpack or you have a child with you, it's not an easy thing to do.
And they have to do this day in and day out until they reach the US border. But people keel off also because it's just exhausting and difficult.>> But the flow continues, a second caravan of more than 1,000 people is currently moving through Guatemala towards Mexico aiming north.