Mexico seeks assistance from United Nations for migrant caravan

Marsha Scott
October 22, 2018

Numerous migrants temporarily broke through barriers on a bridge which crosses the river border between Guatemala and Mexico. But about 3,000 migrants broke down fences so they could improperly enter the country without permission.

Thousands of Central Americans in a USA -bound migrant caravan began pushing their way from Guatemala into Mexico on Friday, pulling down border fences and storming toward the Mexican immigration post. Most had circumvented Mexican immigration officials and crossed the Suchiate river from Guatemala on rafts or by swimming. Hundreds of migrants have indeed turned around and headed back home. "I have faith that one way or another, I'm going to cross" the border, said Wilson Chacon, originally from Copan in the west of Honduras. As the afternoon drew on, a tropical storm, Vicente, formed nearby off the Pacific coast.

"It will be under the conditions that have been said since the start: orderly, with established procedures, never through violence nor by force", Castilla said from the Mexican border town of Ciudad Hidalgo.

"We respect the freedom of movement of immigrants and above all, based on Mexican immigration law, we are receiving people who are choosing to submit to immigration in order to submit an application for refugee or a humanitarian visa, depending on the case", Mr Moreno said.

No one will stop us, only God.

Shortly afterwards, Guatemala's government tweeted that Hernandez would meet Morales on Saturday in Guatemala City to implement a strategy for returning the Honduran migrants.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto described the situation as "unprecedented".

"We are one group", he said.

Aerial view of a Honduran migrant caravan heading to the United States on the Guatemala-Mexico global border bridge in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas state, Mexico, on October 20, 2018. "If that doesn't work out, we're calling up the military - not the Guard". "And neither does our country want them in our country".

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The migrants, whose numbers include children and elderly people, say they are simply trying to escape violence and poverty.

"This migration has political motivations", said Morales, "which is violating the borders and the good faith of the states and of course putting at risk the most important thing, people".

US President Donald Trump, who's been criticizing the caravan with fiery tweets all week, reiterated his threat Friday that if Mexico doesn't stop the migrants, he'll take more drastic action.

Also Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met in Mexico City with his Mexican counterpart, Luis Videgaray, with the caravan high on their agenda.

He thanked Mexico for blocking the caravan's progress.

But what will Mexico do about the ones who have crossed over, reformed the caravan and are now heading north again?

Defying the efforts of four governments to break them up, thousands of mostly Honduran migrants rose at dawn on Sunday from the shores of a river between Guatemala and Mexico and continued their trek northward. Mexico has sought help from the United Nations' refugee agency, which may have the effect of dispersing the caravan. He also suggested they are ready to welcome the migrants with open arms because they are likely to vote for them in elections.

And while immigration was a key issue in the president's 2016 victory, a CBS News poll out Friday says his approval rating on immigration is just 39 percent- the lowest on any issue.

Mr Hernandez said another 486 migrants were in transit back to Honduras, a roughly 12-hour trip by road.

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