A large, USA -bound group of Central American migrants that President Donald Trump has been attacking all week reached Mexico's southern border Friday and started to cross over after a clash with law enforcement.
CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico: Thousands of US-bound Honduran migrants remained stranded Saturday after spending the night on a border bridge between Guatemala and Mexico where riot police barred their progress.
"The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to the U.S.is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately!"
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández said via Twitter on October 19 that he had asked permission from Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales to send Honduran civil protection personnel to the bridge to help the migrants. Mexican authorities insisted the undocumented migrants would have to file asylum claims one at a time in order to enter the country.
Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray said those with passports and valid visas would be let in immediately, though he acknowledged that "we anticipate those are the minority".
Many Central Americans in a mass caravan at the Mexican border with Guatemala appear inclined to apply for any kind of refugee status in Mexico, even though most initially meant to make it to the United States.
Pompeo, who also met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, said the situation is quickly reaching a point of crisis and the caravan must be stopped before it reaches the US border. In 2009, the Obama administration and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton instigated a coup d'état against the country's elected president, Manuel Zelaya, initiating a reign of terror that continues to this day.
The caravan, which started in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula on Saturday, split into several groups after entering Guatemala.
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"We are going to the United States!" he shouted euphorically.
"Only God on high can stop us", Escobar said.
He also threatened to send in the United States military to "CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!" and keep out "MANY CRIMINALS" among the migrants. The Mexican government has pledged to deport those without papers, though it began letting a trickle of immigrants cross the border from Guatemala after Friday's bridge standoff. Trump tweeted, adding that he blamed Democrats for what he called "weak laws!"
"He's making a political calculation", said Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico's incoming foreign minister, about Trump's posting on Twitter, in a reference to US midterm elections in November. Late Thursday, some 300 Mexican federal police officers equipped with antiriot gear were deployed to the border crossing ahead of the caravan's expected arrival.
Pompeo is headed to meetings inMexico City with a message for leaders there about the massive caravan of migrants: Stop them before they reach the US border. "Do you think they're giving us their finest?" "I hope they continue".
"It's a situation that is nearly impossible to resolve at this time for Mexico", Salazar told CNN en Español Thursday.
It's important to remember that for Mexico, migration isn't just about people coming into the country, Salazar says.
Many of those trying to get to the United States want to escape violence and poverty.