At least 2,000 Central American migrants in a caravan headed toward the southern U.S. border arrived in Mexico City on Monday, where they received medical care and nourishment, the Associated Press reported.
Thousands of migrants filed into Jesus Martinez Stadium, which can hold 6,000 people. Humanitarian staff at the stadium offered food, baths, tents and thin mattresses to the group, which has been traveling thousands of miles from Central American toward the U.S.-Mexico border.
The caravan is still hundreds of miles from the U.S., and several thousand more migrants are still en route to Mexico City, the AP reported.
Nashieli Ramirez, the ombudsman for the city’s human rights commission, told the AP that staffers were prepared to accommodate thousands of migrants for as long as necessary.
President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE has seized on the caravan as a central messaging device in the closing days of the midterm campaign, baselessly claiming that the group is filled with "criminals" and "thugs" and is coming to overrun the border.
He has deployed the military to the border in an effort to block the migrants from entering the country illegally, though Pentagon officials have disputed that the troops will play any role in border enforcement.
The migrants hail mostly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, and include many women and children fleeing poverty or violence in their home countries.