Migrant caravan masses on Guatemala-Mexico border awaiting confrontation with Mexican police

Trump threatens to send army to US-Mexico border in migrant row

Trump threatens to send army to US-Mexico border in migrant row

By Friday morning, at least a thousand migrants had arrived in the city of Tecun Uman, in northern Guatemala, and said they were preparing to cross into southern Mexico, even as Mexican authorities deployed additional police and Guatemalan officials shut a major border crossing.

Mr Trump blamed the migrant crisis on the opposition party, the Democrats, branding its immigration policy "weak".

Mindful that many members of the caravan are fleeing poverty and violence, United Nations officials at the shelters will decide which migrants have legitimate claims for refugee status. By comparison, a caravan in April that also attracted Trump's ire numbered about 1000.

Mexico's Foreign Ministry is responding to the caravan of around 2,000 migrants that is traveling from Honduras toward Guatemala, aiming to reach the US-Mexican border.

But Mexico says it will allow the few with proper paperwork in, while others can apply as refugees.

Illegal immigration is likely to be a top issue in November 6 US congressional elections and Trump said migrants in the caravan were being used by his political opponents.

Trump's comments come as he has been urging fellow Republicans to make immigration a central issue in the closing weeks of their midterm election campaigns and blaming Democrats for his inability to pass immigration legislation in the GOP-controlled Congress. "He's making a political calculation".

Trump's stance, he said, was "what he has always presented", adding he saw "nothing surprising in it".

The agency said camera operators monitoring movement on Thursday afternoon along the US-Mexico border in the Yuma area captured images of a large number of people being dropped over the border wall east of the San Luis Port of Entry.

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What awaited them across the border was uncertain.

"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. Busloads of Mexican federal police were gathering in Ciudad Hidalgo and a Mexican military helicopter flew along the river in anticipation.

The migrants are mostly Hondurans, but others like Salvadoran Jonathan Guzman have joined the caravan en route. He said Wednesday that his administration would offer work visas to Central Americans.

On Thursday, hundreds had walked to the river's edge where they sang the national anthems of Honduras and Guatemala.

"The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA", Trump tweeted Thursday.

The much talked about caravan of Central American migrants has been forced to turn around at the Mexico-Guatemala border.

Analysts didn't see the pact as being in imminent danger, though trade attorney Daniel Ujczo of Dickinson Wright PLLC said there is "a significant concern" Trump could hold the agreement hostage over future issues. The last one reached the USA border in the spring.

After arriving at the tall, yellow metal fence Friday, some clambered atop it and on USA -donated military jeeps.

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