Published: Wed, October 24, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Growing migrant caravan renews march to US

Growing migrant caravan renews march to US

Sunday the group paused at the Mexican town of Tapachula, occupying a mile-long column about 10 abreast.

Its slow procession north has prompted US President Donald Trump to threaten to cut aid to Central American nations and to send troops to the US border if Mexico fails to stop the surge.

They gathered in groups on the Mexican side, hoping to advance farther into Mexico at some point.

More than 5,100 migrants have been registered in three shelters in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Hidalgo, while another 2,000 had camped out for the night in the town's central square, said Gerardo Hernandez, head of the local government's emergency services.

Central American migrants making their way to the a large caravan rest under a statue of Mexico's first Indian president Benito Juarez in Tapachula, Mexico, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018.

"Full efforts are being made to stop the onslaught of illegal aliens from crossing our southern border". On Twitter, Trump said that wasn't enough and blamed the caravan on America's southern neighbors, Democrats and the nation's "pathetic Immigration Laws".

"Republicans must make the horrendous, weak and outdated immigration laws, and the Border, a part of the Midterms!" he continued.

Migrants marched on through Mexico shouting slogans like "Si se pudo!" or "Yes, we could!"

As the migrants passed through villages on the outskirts of Ciudad Hidalgo, locals applauded, shouted encouragement and donated supplies.

Most of the caravan members were holding in the southern Mexican city of Tapachula on Monday morning, trying to figure out how the Mexican government would treat them. Donald Trump has threatened to cancel the trade deal with Mexico and withhold aid to Central America if migrants aren't stopped.

Despite Mexico's efforts to process the migrants as refugees and halt their travel, many crossed the Guatemala-Mexico border over the weekend illegally, and made a decision to continue northward.

And according to global law, the U.S. can not deport asylum seekers without first determining the validity of their claim.

Here, some of them are pushed by others after breaking a fence on the Guatemalan side of the border bridge.

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The mexican authorities had reached to block, Thursday, October 18, this "caravan" of more than 4 000 people on a bridge crossing, but numerous migrants entering the country illegally by the river between Mexico and Guatemala. The President has charged Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA-14) to work with the White House on a solution to a problem that has yet to be fully addressed.

Juan Carlos Mercado, 20, from Santa Barbara, Honduras, says corruption and a lack of jobs in Honduras has stymied him.

Hernandez noted that migrants from elsewhere in the region had joined the caravan, along with others from "outside the region", though he did not cite specific nationalities.

Those efforts have failed in Mexico, where approximately 2,000 illegals are still moving toward the USA border after barging into the country on Friday.

In April, Mexican immigration officials had some success in dispersing a smaller caravan by processing many who chose to seek refugee status in Mexico, but some did continue on to the USA border.

Cartels are already heavily involved in moving illegal aliens and drugs into the US and, given the confusion and chaos associated with the caravan, would surely see a golden opportunity to sneak cartel members into the country.

Sairy Bueso, a 24-year old Honduran mother of two, was among those who abandoned the bridge and crossed via the river.

The caravan left San Pedro Sula in northern Honduras more than a week ago.

Morales said that while Central Americans are legally free to transit from country to country, a "massive ingress of people without registering" puts Guatemala in a hard position because it's impossible to know who the people are and what may be the intentions of any of their leaders.

"We have had people who have ankle or shoulder injuries, from falls during the trip, and even though we have offered to take them somewhere where they can get better care, they have refused, because they fear they'll be detained and deported", Garcia said.

Mexico says the migrants will be processed and that those without a legitimate case to travel onwards or stay in Mexico will be returned to their countries of origin.

"It is a blessing that they have given us food", Martinez said.

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