In time coinciding with the Summit of Americas, a large caravan of thousands of migrants is headed to the United States.
Thousands of migrants have departed from Tapachula, a small town in Mexico and are on their way to U.S. border. According to the Associated Press and Reuters, the number of migrants is in the thousands and is a people coming from Venezuela, Cuba, and even Central America. It has been estimated by the Associated Press that there are between 4,000 to 5,000 migrants en-route to the border with Reuters reporting the caravan has an estimated 6,000 individuals involved.
They began walking to the border on Monday and have hundreds of miles until they reach their final destination.
According to the Associated Press, the group walked from Tapachula to a neighboring city ten miles away before calling it a night.
The timing is interesting as Mexico President Manuel Lopez Obrador announced that he would not be attending the Summit of Americas. In weeks prior, he threatened to not attend and cited the United State's refusal to invite the leaders of Nicaragua and Cuba, as well as representatives of the government of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.
On Friday, President Biden is expected to sign a declaration addressing migration alongside different governments. Despite not attending, officials are confident that Mexico will still sign the document.
With thousands of migrants heading to the United States, it will be interesting as to what actions will be taken in the coming days and weeks to address this issue.