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Caravan migrants break Guatemala border fence, rush Mexico

21 Octobre 2018

President Trump placed illegal immigration at the centre of the midterm election battle yesterday as a group of up to 3,000 central American asylum seekers headed for the US.

"That is why we have talked with Secretary Pompeo, that yesterday Mexico has invited the United Nations" to help rule on individual requests for asylum, Videgaray said.

With all eyes on a caravan of Honduran migrants intent on coming to the U.S., President Trump has a message for Congress' top Dems.

Now they are stuck on a bridge over a river that marks the border. Pompeo met with Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, who vowed to meet the "challenge" of the caravan. However, dozens of the migrants managed to push their way through the border line.

Thousands of would-be migrants are stranded on the border between Guatemala and Mexico, after Mexican police blocked their bid to reach the US.

Dozens of Hondurans fleeing poverty and violence abandoned their efforts to cross through Mexico to the U.S. amid mounting fear and exhaustion, more than a week into the gruelling journey north.

Speaking in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Friday, Trump said he "appreciated very much" Mexico's efforts to stop the caravan. On Thursday he threatened to close the United States border if Mexico didn't stop the caravan. He said he wants to reach the work and save money before returning to Honduras.

Hundreds of Honduran migrants broke through a Guatemalan border barrier and forced their way onto Mexican territory Friday, as riot police tried to keep them from advancing past a border bridge and continuing their trek toward the US.

Asked in the Televisa interview whether Mexico was doing Trump's "dirty work", Videgaray said Mexico "defines its migration policy in a sovereign manner" and the country's priority is to protect the migrants and ensure their human rights.

A Mexican migration official who declined to give his name because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly said that between Friday and Saturday, authorities had deported by bus about 500 people who voluntarily chose to return. Others prepared to cross the river in rafts, the traditional way migrants enter.

Flores has three children and says that he sometimes skips meals to ensure that they eat.

During the week, in anticipation of the caravan's arrival at the southern border, the Mexican government deployed hundreds of National Police personnel there and issued a series of statements warning the caravan's participants against trying to enter the country illegally.

Pompeo's trip to Mexico was planned before the caravan, but Pompeo and other USA officials have said that it will inform his conversations with Mexican officials on Friday. "I hope they continue".

"We're running away from violence, and we arrive here and they just hit us more", sobbed 28-year-old Marta Ornelas Cazares, who was nursing her baby - but had lost her other two children, aged 10 and 15, in the turmoil.

The Mexican authorities have told migrants, who include women, children and old people, they want an orderly process and only those with valid documents will be allowed in. The move has been welcomed by the United States president.

"He's making a political calculation", said Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico's incoming foreign minister, about Trump's posting on Twitter, in a reference to USA midterm elections in November. And if we go back to Honduras we'll suffer until the day we die.

"It's a situation that is nearly impossible to resolve at this time for Mexico", Salazar told CNN en Español Thursday.

Caravan migrants break Guatemala border fence, rush Mexico