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dateline: 07 November 2018

Mexico City Offers Resting Point for Caravan

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • migrant: a person who crosses his/her border in search of a new place to live and work
  • wave: one of several large groups or stages
  • caravan: a group of people travelling together
  • milestone: a major achievement in one’s life or project
  • on foot: by walking
  • invasion: an unwelcome, forceful entrance into an area or country
  • asylum: protection by another nation due to danger in one’s own country

Mexico City Offers Resting Point for Caravan

Over 4,000 migrants from America have made it to a rest stop at a sports in Mexico City where they are receiving water, food, and . The first wave in the caravan left eastern Honduras on October 13 and many, including small children, have walked most of the way on foot. After travelling over 1,600 kilometers, the migrants consider Mexico City a major milestone. The goal of the migrants is to reach the US in hopes of finding opportunities and a safer place to live. President Trump, however, has called the caravan an invasion and has threatened to close the US-Mexico border to prevent the migrants from entering the US. Some of the migrants say they will seek asylum in Mexico instead. Two more groups are following close behind and should arrive in Mexico’s in the next few days.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What milestone did the migrants achieve this week?
  2. What is the ultimate goal of the migrants?
  3. What is President Trump’s response to the caravan?

Discussion Questions

Approximately two-thirds of Hondurans live in poverty and many in the caravan have left gang-ridden communities. Can/Should the US refuse these migrants if they seek political asylum?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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