Thousands of Migrants Charge Guatemala-Mexico Border En Route to U.S.

Sunday, 21 Oct, 2018

Many in the retreating caravan slept overnight on the bridge linking two countries, the network said, adding that police and immigration agents let small groups of 10, 20, or 30 people through if they wanted to apply for refugee status.

The migrant caravan, comprised mostly of workers and peasants, has galvanized broad popular support across Central America and Mexico. "And you know why, because now Mexico respects the leadership of the United States".

Hundreds of Mexican Federal Police sealed the border as drones and helicopters hovered above the crowd, which waited on a bridge in sweltering heat.

Multiple migrants and police officers were injured as crowds hurled rocks at the security cordon imposed along the Mexican side of the border.

He knew he would eventually try to return to the United States, and the caravan provided a rare opportunity: It would allow him to travel to the US border without paying a coyote, or smuggler, and with a lesser risk of kidnapping or extortion. According toThe Washington Post, "The leaders said an estimated 5,400 migrants had entered Guatemala since the caravan was announced a week ago, and about 2,000 Hondurans have returned voluntarily".

TECUN UMAN, Guatemala-Hundreds of Honduran migrants stranded at this border crossing with Mexico began to return home on Saturday, while others sought to cross the muddy river that divides the countries in a desperate attempt to continue their march north.

The migrant caravan has angered U.S. President Donald Trump. Indeed, some have already reached Mexico and requested asylum.

President Trump recently pushed Guatemala and Mexico to strengthen their borders in an effort to stop the migrants from entering the US, but said those efforts failed.

Those who apply for refugee status will be vetted by United Nations officials at the immigration shelters on the border.

But the Mexican government has taken notice, assuring the Trump administration that it would not just allow migrants to simply pass through their borders on their way to the United States. (JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)What have officials been saying?

But despite a continued heavy police deployment on the bridge, a steady stream of migrants made it to Mexican soil with relative ease by crossing the Suchiate River that demarcates the notoriously porous border.

Thousands of migrants reached the Guatemala-Mexico border on Friday, breaking through a fence on the Guatemala side of a bridge separating the two countries.

Meanwhile, in a late televised address, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto called the mass rush to penetrate the border "unprecedented", accusing some migrants of attacking police. Most were repelled by Mexican police, but about 50 got through.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández said via Twitter on October 19 that he had asked permission from Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales to send Honduran civil protection personnel to the bridge to help the migrants.

The president's message was part of a broad strategy to crack down on illegal immigrants and tighten rules for legal migrants. "But it becomes much harder when President Trump makes this a political issue in which he bashes Mexico".

The group chanted: 'We are not smugglers, we are migrants, ' as they reorganized themselves on Friday afternoon. And they are about allowing crime to enter our country with open borders.

"They might as well turn back, they're not coming into this country", he told reporters on Friday. And they're criminals. And it's not happening under my watch. But as of this moment, I thank Mexico.