Migrant caravan holds mass LGBTQ wedding at Mexican border in celebration of their new life in America
The migrant caravan approaching the United States is celebrating their new life in America with a mass LGBTQ wedding that took place among the asylum-seekers
Just south of the Mexican border with California, Pedro Pastor, from Guatemala, and Erick Alexander Duran, from Honduras, celebrated their wedding with other migrant couples. President Donald Trump, who recently announced he is a "nationalist", has pledged to keep the 3,000-strong caravan out of the U.S. According to Amnesty, there is "vicious discrimination" against the LGBTQ community in Central America. The U.S. Commander-in-chief has called these migrant caravans "invasions" in the past.
The Telegraph obtained a video of the celebration, in which Duran said: "We came with them because there is lots of violence, lots of discrimination, lots of poverty." While Pastor said: "This is a dream come true because in our countries you don't see this and it's something we have always wanted and today we had the opportunity and are very happy." While same-sex marriage is legal in most states of Mexico, the possibility for such unions is out of the question in a majority of Central America.
Thousands of American troops have been deployed at the border to keep the migrants out of the country as thousands make hopeful applications for asylum. The troops will ensure vulnerable areas are cut off for those hoping to cross into America and will direct them to official customs entry points.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday before departing for Florida, Trump said: "Don't worry about the Thanksgiving. These are tough people. They know what they're doing and they're great and they've done a great job. You're so worried about the Thanksgiving holiday for them. They are so proud to be representing our country on the border where if you look at what's happening, Mexico, the people from Tijuana are saying, wow these are tough people. They're fighting us."
When asked about the cost estimates for the border mission last week, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis declined to discuss it and said he had little confidence in the accuracy of the exorbitant figures published by various outlets. Juan Manuel Gastelum, the Mayor of Tijuana, expressed concerns over the migrants' arrival and estimated that they will be in Tijuana for at least six months as they wait to file asylum claims. Gastelum called the caravan an "avalanche" the city is not equipped to handle, Daily Mail reported.