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Migrant caravan reaches across the Guatemala-Mexico border

Migrant caravan reaches across the Guatemala-Mexico border”

But experts on refugees say those moves are unlikely to stop this caravan or stem future ones, since the migrants are primarily driven by conditions in their home countries, not us policy.

Under this plan, if a migrant evaded the new system and traveled through Mexico into the United States, Mexico's government would in future allow the person to be returned to Mexico, Fox News said, citing an unnamed official. Numerous migrants may chose to stay in countries along the route, though the Mexican government is already preparing a response.

Trump also suggested that the migrants hoping to enter the USA are linked to crime and drugs that he said are "pouring in", and he called on Mexico to stop the "onslaught". It was unclear if they were trying to swim across to the Mexico side of border, back to Guatemala or just get relief from the crowds on the bridge.

TECUN UMAN, Guatemala - Waving Honduran flags and carrying umbrellas to protect against the sun, thousands of migrants massed along Guatemala's muddy Suchiate River crossing into Mexico on Friday, demanding to be let in despite U.S. President Donald Trump's threats of retaliation.

Others shouted, "We are not smugglers, we are immigrants!".

The caravan arrived at the border in southern Mexico on Thursday but turned around Friday, the Associated Press reported.

The Honduran migrant caravan is seen as a effect of poverty and insecurity in the Central American country, wracked by gang and drug-related violence.

Asked in the Televisa interview whether Mexico was doing Trump's "dirty work", Videgaray said Mexico "defines its migration policy in a sovereign manner" and the country's priority is to protect the migrants and ensure their human rights.

The president told a rally of supporters that the "caravan" of migrants heading for the USA showed the need for stronger border protection after praising Mexico for sending riot police to its frontier with Guatemala.

On Wednesday, Mexican officials said those in the Honduran caravan with proper documentation could enter the country and those without it would have to apply for refugee status or face deportation. They also said migrants caught without papers would be deported. In April, several hundred made it to the USA border near San Diego, and a limited number were allowed to apply for asylum in the U.S.

And, much like Guatemala and Honduras, Mexico is itself a country of many migrants, raising the question of whether the political will exists for a confrontation.

This includes a visit to Mexico ahead of its December inauguration of President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Barely a week goes by without Trump warning about the danger posed by ultra-violent Central American gangs like MS-13, while chants of "build the wall" are a staple element of his pre-midterms campaign rallies.

"Whoever wants to work in our country is going to have support, is going to have a work visa", he said.

Our southern neighbors have increased their federal police presence at the border with Guatemala by 500 additional officers.

In his string of tweets, Mr Trump also said the migrant issue was more important to him than the new trade deal with Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement pact.

The Guardian reports that Mexican authorities have sent "two planeloads of federal forces to the border city of Tapachula, some of the operatives equipped with riot gear", in a bid to stop the group from reaching the Guatemala-Mexico border.



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