Thousands of Central American migrants in caravan storm Mexico's southern border

Mexico takes action against the migrant caravan from Honduras after Trump issues his demand

Mexico takes action against the migrant caravan from Honduras after Trump issues his demand

Thousands of migrants slept - or tried to sleep - outdoors overnight underneath tarps and what blankets were available.

Honduran migrants leave Guatemala City at sunrise Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 as they make continue their way north toward the U.S. numerous more than 2,000 Hondurans in a migrant caravan trying to wend its way to the United States left spontaneously with little more than the clothes on their backs and what they could quickly throw into backpacks.

"They promised they will give us a visa but the people are there (on the bridge) since yesterday and they have not given us anything", Benitez said as he waited for friends who were crossing on another raft, made from huge truck tires.

The caravan quickly grabbed the attention of world leaders as word of its formation spread over the weekend.

Human rights groups have criticised the United States and Mexican response to the caravan. "But there will also be a humanitarian way that we will think about the migrant in the first place".

Typically, when a person manages to sneak into the United States through Mexico - regardless of whether they were from Mexico or some point farther south - they're detained and housed in the United States until their case is decided.

Yesterday, the migrants made it to the Guatemala- Mexico Border.

Under the bridge a raft loaded with about 10 migrants crossed to the Mexican side.

Manelich Castilla, the head of Mexico's federal police, said at the scene that his officers had restored order after the rush of migrants towards the border, and would begin allowing people to be processed in an orderly fashion. Those who do so will be held "at a migratory station" for up to 45 business days. Gates at the border crossing were broken as they streamed toward a bridge into Mexico.

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A Honduran migrant mother and child cower as they are surrounded by Mexican Federal Police in riot gear, at the border crossing in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, Oct. 19, 2018. The migrants travel in groups for safety. A complicated mix of pressures are weighing on Mexican officials as they decide how to handle the matter.

They have also started giving some people 45-day visitor's permits, which in theory could allow them time to reach the USA border.

The caravan of mostly Honduran nationals stopped before the Mexico-Guatemala border Friday morning and temporarily retreated, The Associated Press reported.

"If that's the case, I don't think Mexico should be too anxious because in a sense ... it's the same kind of thing US administrations have been doing for a long time", Leutert said.

It's important to remember that for Mexico, migration isn't just about people coming into the country, Salazar says.

It's also about Mexican emigrants living overseas, many of whom are undocumented.

Mexican officials say they will not let the migrants enter as one large group.

Mr. Pompeo is expected to meet with Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray, Foreign Secretary-designate Marcelo Ebrard, and departing President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Though it began with just a couple hundred Hondurans headed for the United States, the support flowing in from leftist organizers and funders has grown this new caravan of hopeful immigrants into the thousands. Some of the migrants, who are recognized to be fleeing violence, political instability, and the poor economic conditions of their native homelands in Central and South America, hope to stay and work in Mexico. He said it's painful for him to leave his country but he did it "out of necessity".

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