Pressure turns to Mexico as migrant caravan heads for border

Lester Mason
October 20, 2018

That would be about one fifth of his income.

Mexico says the migrants will be processed and that those without a legitimate case to travel onward or stay in Mexico will be returned to their countries of origin. The rest want to reach the US like him.

But as Trump said at a rally on Thursday that the midterm elections would hinge in part on the caravan, it was clear that us pressure on Mexico to stem the tide of the migrants would continue.

The Mexican government will ask the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, for help in coordinating an overflowing wave of refugees arriving from on its southern border from Central American countries. On Thursday and Friday, the group clashed with police in the town and fought with them as Mexican man who was supporting the march was arrested.

Some migrants are now forming lines on the bridge while others are sitting down and preparing for a long wait.

The Mexican ambassador to the United States said that they had reason to believe that the migrant caravan from Honduras heading towards the US border was not the result of a grassroots effort, but was "politically motivated".

Per NBC News, Mexico dispatched an additional 500 federal police to the border with Guatemala ahead of the migrants' arrival. About 50 managed to push their way through before officers unleashed pepper spray and the rest retreated.

A smaller group walked to the border crossing but was blocked by Guatemalan police. Believing their chances of entering the U.S. are greater in numbers, the migrants have been hitching rides and hiking through Guatemala, with the aim of approaching the United States through Mexico.

Mexico in April pushed back on Trump's threats and rhetoric, with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto saying in a video statement on Twitter that "We're not going to permit that negative rhetoric to define our actions".

"Only God on high can stop us", Escobar told the AP.

"Mexico is in favor of legal, safe and orderly migration", he noted.


In the caravan, Central American migrants hiked from Honduras through muddy jungle and residential streets, some toting babies along with backpacks, Reuters images show.

"There is nothing there", Orellana said.

As the sun rose, a military helicopter flew along the Mexican side of the river foreshadowing the difficulties they could face. They have also sent two Boeing 727s full of police reinforcement and riot gear.

Jonathan Guzman joined the caravan en route. "It's the third time that I'm trying to cross", the 22-year-old Salvadoran said.

"Ebrard, Mexico's incoming foreign minister told local radio that he was not surprised by Trump's comments".

He said this week that Mexico would offer jobs to Central Americans.

The Guatemalan government branded the caravan "illegal".

If Trump pulls out of the trade deal or closes the border, there would be major economic implications for both countries.

Earlier on Friday, Mr. Videgaray said the caravan had close to 4,000 people and that the migrants could individually present their claims to enter Mexico or seek refugee status.

He also informed migrants of the serious risks posed by "irregular entry" into the country, including migrant smuggling and human trafficking networks.

"The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the [United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement]", Trump wrote. "It's about getting to the United States and committing fraud".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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