ARRIAGA, Mexico | Migrant caravan members reject offer to stay in Mexico

ARRIAGA, Mexico | Migrant caravan members reject offer to stay in Mexico

ARRIAGA, Mexico  — Several thousand Central American migrants turned down a Mexican offer of benefits if they applied for refugee status and stayed in the country’s two southernmost states, vowing to set out before dawn Saturday to continue their long trek toward the U.S. border.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced what he called the “You are at home” plan, offering shelter, medical attention, schooling and jobs to Central Americans in Chiapas and Oaxaca states if they applied, calling it a first step toward permanent refugee status.

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