Migrant caravan stopped on Mexico-Guatemala border

Irving Hamilton
October 21, 2018

Without offering any sort of evidence to support his claim, Trump also called numerous people criminals. During a presidential debate, Lopez Obrador indicated his administration would stop doing "dirty work" for the United States by detaining Central American migrants.

Brown stressed that the caravan, "whatever its political message or design, is just a continuation of what seems to be a relatively permanent shift in migration patterns at the U.S. -Mexico border, and a large regional migration crisis, driven by violence, crime and poverty that is not going to end soon".

At one point, several dozen migrants trying to make their way north sang the Honduran national anthem on the edge of the muddy Suchiate River between Tecun Uman, Guatemala, and Tapachula, Mexico.

In April, Mexican immigration officials had some success in dispersing a smaller caravan by processing many who made a decision to seek refugee status in Mexico, but some did continue on to the USA border. Thousands of Honduran migrants are traveling through Guatemala, according to humanitarian aid groups.

"He's making a political calculation", said Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico's incoming foreign minister, about Trump's posting on Twitter, in a reference to US midterm elections in November.

Trump's stance, he said, was "what he has always presented", adding he saw "nothing surprising in it".

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.

"We welcome the Government of Mexico's statement that they will seek cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to address immigration issues in the region, including the influx of people arriving in Mexico", he said in a statement.

"The president certainly can slow down crossing at legal border crossings where about a million people cross each day. Meanwhile, we must accompany our fellow countrymen", he said on Friday. "A way of pressuring Mexico - but that would have a limited effect on illegal crossings and a huge effect on legal crossings".

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Trump explained that group of over 4,000 migrants was now clashing with Mexican authorities, attempting to cross into their country by force.

"Why would I want to go to the United States if I'm going to be persecuted" there as well, she said. He said this week that Mexico would offer jobs to Central Americans. He says it's painful for him to leave his country but he did it "out of necessity".

Some were distrustful of buses that arrived to ferry the women, children and elderly migrants to be processed, the AP noted. The US no longer has to house them until their cases are heard.

His threats have kept pace with the migrants' journey.

They they streamed through gates on the Guatemalan side of the border around 12 p.m. Friday (2 p.m. ET), cheering and chanting as they marched. "Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border", Trump tweeted.

The thousands of Hondurans are making their way through Guatemala, headed toward Mexico and, if they're allowed through, plan to head onward to the US, as the contentious midterm elections approach November 6.

"They are fully engaged, they sent 500 federales down to the southern border", Pompeo said, noting that he wanted to "express his sympathy" for the injured officers.

Will they reach the U.S. border?

Still, it wasn't until this year that the caravans received widespread attention.

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