Caravan Forced Back at Mexican Border


Presidents Hernandez of Honduras and Jimmy Morales of Guatemala held an emergency meeting Saturday at a Guatemalan.

He declined to give his last name, because he was threatened by gang members who demanded he pay 2,000 lempiras, about $83, per month for protection. The majority seek to use the country's northern border to infiltrate the US illegally, according to the Associated Press.

GREEN: So she says to me, she'll suffer back in Honduras, but at least she'll keep her life.

Mexican officials have said that those without papers would have to apply for refugee status or turn back.

Authorities in Ciudad Hidalgo, on the Mexican side, were expecting around 3,000 migrants to arrive in total.

According to Mexican authorities, migrants with valid documents and visas would be allowed in. About 50 managed to push their way through before officers unleashed pepper spray and the rest retreated.

Despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the border, about 2,000 Central American migrants swam or rafted across a river separating that country from Guatemala, re-formed their mass caravan in Mexico and vowed to resume their journey toward the United States. "Nobody is going to stop us!"

The migrants could be seen passing babies overhead through the crowd, as women holding crying children by the hand or pressing their infants to their chests streamed past the broken metal barriers and onto the bridge.

Several thousand Honduran migrants seeking to escape violence and poverty moved through Guatemala on the way to Mexico, with some hoping to enter the United States. "Nobody is going to stop us!" Celebratory airhorns blared as they headed toward Mexico's port of entry.

Most of the migrants who had gathered there were from Honduras, but there were also people from El Salvador and Guatemala, Frederick said.

Mexican workers handed food bottled water to the migrants on the bridge.

The native of Tegucigalpa told a familiar tale when asked why she had left Honduras: "You know why: no work, violence".

"There is nothing there", Orellana said.

"One way or another, we will pass!" the migrants chanted as they approached the gates in the Guatemalan town of Tecun Uman.

After days of traveling, often on foot, they appeared to be one step closer to reaching their goal. Mexican police in riot gear pushed them back, setting off smoke canisters. For many, the decision to join the caravan had been made without much forethought.

"I didn't think it would be this easy", said Samuel Barela, 17, who crossed in a raft Friday night, about a week after leaving his hometown of Choluteca in southern Honduras.

"It's a challenge that Mexico is facing, and that's how I expressed it to Secretary Pompeo", Mr. Videgaray told a news conference alongside his USA counterpart.

The secretary said Trump offered money from 'private funds, ' not public, but the Mexican government clearly said it won't accept "a cent of a dollar" for that objective and won't fall for their "dirty game".

It was not immediately clear how many had entered Mexico.

The caravan elicited a series of angry tweets and warnings from Trump early in the week, but Mexico's initial handling of the migrants at its southern border seemed to have satisfied him more recently.

Hundreds of Mexican Federal Police sealed the border as drones and helicopters hovered above the crowd, which waited on a bridge in sweltering heat. She said she had volunteered to make the journey on behalf of her family, and send money home from working in the US. "I hope you're not going to let these people come through your country and march a thousand miles up through your country and come through our borders, because our laws are horrendous", Mr Trump said.

The foreign secretary noted that 1 million people transit the border legally every day, and about $1 million in commerce crosses every minute.