Population, Refugees, and Migration: Migrant Caravan

Trump threatens to send troops to the border and cancel trade deal to stop migrant caravan

According to Mexican media, as of Saturday afternoon, some 640 Honduran migrants have been registered as refugee seekers in the Nothern American country where women and children have priority, as more caravans are set to leave Honduras to the north, a Central American migration expert based in Honduras told teleSUR Sunday. There were 10 buses and the drivers had been instructed to carry the migrants to shelters in Tapachula.

A caravan of Central Americans that formed in southern Mexico in late March also drew the ire of Trump, who on Thursday threatened to deploy the military and close the southern US border if Mexico did not halt the latest procession.

Migrants travelling in a mass caravan burst through a Guatemalan border fence and streamed by the thousands toward Mexican territory on Friday, defying Mexican authorities' entreaties for an orderly crossing and U.S. President Donald Trump's threats of retaliation.

Late Monday, Mexico allowed another group of about 400 migrants to enter the country after they spent days packed onto a bridge over the Suchiate River, which forms Mexico's southern border with Guatemala.

President Trump last week warned Mexico that "we're calling up the military - not the Guard" if the government can not stop the caravan from reaching the border.

In tweets, he said efforts were being made to "stop the onslaught of illegal aliens". U.S. President Donald Trump has warned he will militarize and close the country's southern border to prevent them from entering.

Mexico has vowed to detain any migrants who cross without visas, though it has also said it will process their asylum requests, and has asked for the United Nations refugee agency's help in doing so.

He took to Twitter to blame the courts for "asking the USA to do things that are not doable".

Sanchez also had kind words for federal police, who previously had stopped the caravan at the Guatemalan border. 'No one will stop us, only God, ' he said.

Camping out on a bridge at Mexico's southern border a day after meeting tear gas and riot police. Efforts to retrieve them were ongoing, authorities said.

That plan would create a number of legal entanglements, though the president's suggestion of a military option served to underscore his frustration with the situation and the lack of tools the US has to counter determined migrants willing to make the trip and prepared to demand asylum, whether deserving or not.

Gathered at a park in the border city of Ciudad Hidalgo, the migrants voted by a show of hands and then marched to the bridge to urge those still there to cross the river and join them. "Change the immigration laws NOW!" the President wrote in another tweet.

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Sairy Bueso, a 24-year old Honduran mother of two, was another migrant who abandoned the bridge and crossed into Mexico via the river.

Olivin Castellanos, 58, a mason from Honduras, took a raft across the river after Mexico blocked the bridge.

Hundreds of Mexican police were sent to guard the border between the Guatemalan town of Tecun Uman and Ciudad Hidalgo in Mexico to prepare for the migrant caravan's arrival. "What is important to us is the migrants, respect for human rights, their due protection, particularly the most vulnerable".

As a military helicopter circled overhead, migrants who said they were fleeing a toxic mix of violence, poverty and corruption in Central America wondered if police would seek to turn the caravan back.

U.S. president Donald Trump has used the migrant caravan in fiery immigration rhetoric, with visions of the undocumented flowing across the border to assault Americans and steal their jobs.

"They're not coming into this country", Trump said at the rally.

Caravan members say they are fleeing gang violence at home and looking for jobs in the US - neither of which has traditionally been enough reason to win asylum on its own.

Each time a small side gate opened to allow people to pass, there was a crush of bodies as migrants desperately pushed forward.

But the statement said all cases must be processed individually, suggesting that authorities have no intention of letting the migrants simply cross the border en masse without going through standard immigration procedures.

The caravan began in San Pedro Sula, a Honduran city known as one of the most violent places in the world.

But police could do little if anything in the face of the throngs who avoided the official entry point and crossed the notoriously porous border elsewhere.

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