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Migrant Caravan Grows to 7,200, Makes Its Way Toward U.S.

Migrant Caravan Grows to 7,200, Makes Its Way Toward U.S.

Some 7,200 migrants from Guatemala and Honduras are heading to the U.S. border, according to reports.

Early in the week, about 1,500 additional migrants joined the group, staying the night in Tapachula, Mexico. They were about 1,100 miles from McAllen, Texas.

In response to the traveling group, President Donald Trump said there are “criminals and unknown Middle Easterners” among the migrants.

Reporters, however, have said there is no evidence of his claim. Still, Trump said he has alerted Border Patrol and the military.

“Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws! Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally," Trump tweeted Monday morning.

“Sadly, it looks like Mexico's Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States," Trump tweeted Monday. "Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy [sic]. Must change laws!”

The migrants told reporters that they are hoping to get away from violence in their home countries.

“My family is suffering right now, but what's happening in Honduras is worse," one migrant, Blanca, who is traveling with her two young sons and teenage daughter, told ABC News.

As the group walked through a town square in Mexico, many held hands and chanted, “United people will never be defeated.”

Photo courtesy: Getty Images/John Moore/Staff