Migrant Caravan Tears Down Border Fence, Storms Mexico

April FrancisOct 20, 2018

As several thousand Hondurans made their way through Central America toward the United States border, Trump blamed Democrats for an "assault on our country by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador" with a caravan "INCLUDING MANY CRIMINALS".

More than 3,000 migrants are demanding they be let into Mexico, and ultimately through to the USA, with many heard chanting "We want to work!".

Trump, who ran in 2016 promising to tighten United States immigration laws end the inflow of people entering the country illegally, has called for cutting off foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador if they do not stop the migrants.

And the president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has pledged to issue work visas for Central Americans in a bid to retain workers in the area rather than seeing them moving to the US.

Thousands of Honduran migrants retreated from the Mexican border in Guatemala on Friday morning after clashing with police as they try to continue their path towards America.

Some 3,000 Central American migrants prepared to cross into Mexico from Guatemala on Friday with hopes of eventually arriving to the United States.

Orellana says "the economy in Honduras is awful, there is nothing there".

But there are still many unanswered questions about how this will actually play out once large numbers of migrants arrive.

As the sun rose, a military helicopter flew along the Mexican side of the river foreshadowing the difficulties they could face.

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

Jonathan Guzman, who joined the mass procession caravan en route, said he dreams of finding a construction job in Los Angeles.

Mexico's foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"In other words before they make the trek across Mexico?"

Mexico's foreign minister Luis Videgaray meanwhile told reporters he had met with United Nations chief Antonio Guterres, who said the UNHCR would help the Mexican government to process asylum applications for those in the caravan. Saturday will mark a week on the march for the throng of hopefuls who plan to assemble on the U.S. -Mexico border and demand entry.

It's important to remember that for Mexico, migration isn't just about people coming into the country, Salazar says.

With less than three weeks before the November 6 midterm elections, Trump seized on the migrant caravan to make border security a political issue and energize his Republican base.

The foreign secretary noted that 1 million people transit the border legally every day, and about $1 million in commerce crosses every minute. Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, told reporters last week that those soldiers were working in all four states that share a border with Mexico to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.

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