As Border Restrictions Tighten, Some Experts See Migrant Caravans Growing In Size

The area where many migrants attempt to cross at Tecun Uman and near the Suchiate River is shown

Mexican police stopped about five thousand migrants from Honduras who tried to break through the border between Guatemala and Mexico on the way to the U.S., reports the online edition of the Chronicle.info with reference to the Correspondent. Trump has made it a political issue in the November 6 mid-term U.S. congressional election, threatened to cut off regional aid, close the U.S. -Mexico border and deploy troops there if Mexico failed to halt the migrants.

Migrants travelling in a mass caravan burst through a Guatemalan border fence and streamed by the thousands toward Mexican territory on Friday, defying Mexican authorities' entreaties for an orderly crossing and U.S. President Donald Trump's threats of retaliation.

A Central American migrant who is among thousands trying to reach the United States holds a child as he goes down a ladder from a bridge to avoid the border checkpoint in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, on Saturday. The Mexican authorities accepted small groups for asylum processing and handed out 45-day visitor permits to others, reports the Associated Press.

Thousands of Honduran migrants whose journey toward the United States has triggered a series of tirades from Donald Trump resumed their long march on Sunday after crossing a river into Mexico.

A day after warning Central American governments they risk losing US aid if they don't do something and saying that anyone entering the USA illegally would be arrested and deported, Trump turned his sights on Democrats and urged Republican allies to campaign on border security.

US President Trump has repeatedly warned the migrants to turn back, threatening to close down the US border and cut aid to countries allowing the caravan to pass.

Those attempting to skip the process would face deportation, but the size of the caravan will test Mexico, which has sought help from the United Nations to manage the issue.

The migrants pose a tough challenge to the Mexican government's pledge to stop the illegal travelers' plans to press ahead to the USA border.

On the border bridge, where hundreds lined up behind a tall, white steel gate that marked the Mexican side, the situation remained tense. Their cases will be reviewed one by one, Mexican officials say, a process that could drag on for weeks.

Dozens of Mexican police in riot gear fired tear gas to force them to retreat into no-man's land after being attacked with stones.

Other police said they planned to offer migrants a chance to secure legal paperwork in a local shelter but would not detain or deter them if they refused.

And many Republican candidates have echoed Trump's rhetoric about boosting border security and cracking down on illegal immigration. Mexican Federal Police, however, did not stop those migrants who crossed the river by swimming or using rafts. His administration has suggested several changes, including holding illegal immigrants until they can be deported and allowing bogus asylum claims to be denied at a quicker pace. Others, meanwhile, waded into the Suchiate River or took rafts to get to Mexico.

Trump comments on the social messaging site come as the crowd of migrants fleeing poverty and violence in Honduras and El Salvador resumed their march to the U.S. after being delayed by Mexico riot police on Saturday at the Guatemalan border. Numerous migrants hail from Honduras, fleeing violence, poverty and a lack of jobs.

They gathered in the central square in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Hidalgo on Saturday and voted by a show of hands to continue their journey north despite their undocumented status.

"I just want to find some food and a place to sleep", he said, explaining he joined the caravan last week with five family members and a group of friends from the violent city of San Pedro Sula.

Trump said "full efforts" were underway to halt the caravan's progress toward the United States.

This is the second so-called "Migrant Walk" that has left Honduras this year in order to escape extreme violence and unemployment in a country that registered over 3,790 homicides in 2017 and seven percent unemployment, according to the Northern Triangle Mobility Initiative. Nonw were detained when they made it to land.

But Jose Porfirio Orellana, a 47-year-old farmer from Yoro province in Honduras, said he has his sights set on the United States due to woeful economic conditions in his country.

The Red Cross said Saturday that numerous people it is helping along the caravan route, a majority of them women and children, "are suffering from dehydration, stomach infections, and foot injuries as they walk the long journey".

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