He also threatened to mobilize the U.S. military and shut down the southern border to stop those migrants from entering the U.S., reports CBS News correspondent Chip Reid. But that promise wont be possible without first declaring a national emergency and getting a congressional waiver. In April, the president did deploy the National Guard to assist at the border, a move previously done by both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.
In addition to this latest caravan now at the Mexico-Guatemala border, a U.S. border patrol official tells CBS News there has been an increase in large groups attempting to cross into the U.S. together. On October 2, border patrol agents encountered a group of 164 adults and children near the border, and on September 25, a group of 264 migrants.
The Mexican ambassador to the U.S., Geronimo Gutierrez, said Mexico has asked the United Nations to help Mexico review asylum claims from members of the caravan.
Mexicos foreign ministry says government officials at its southern border with Guatemala have started assisting the early arrivals from a caravan of some 3,000 Honduran migrants that has drawn sharp criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump.
The presidents chief of staff, John Kelly, and National Security Adviser John Bolton reportedly had a heated exchange over immigration Thursday at the White House. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement saying “while we are passionate about solving the issue of illegal immigration, we are not angry at one another.”
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The migrants, weary after traveling for days, arrived in the small border town of Tecun Uman on buses and trucks early on Thursday morning. Many were fed and housed in nearby migrant shelters run by local volunteers, but the town could not accommodate everyone, the Associated Press reported.
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It was a great sacrifice, but its all for a better life, Jonathan Pareles, 22, who arrived with his wife and two kids, told the AP. Its not all good. Were wet and we still dont have a place to sleep.
A large police presence gathered on the Mexican side of the border early on Thursday, toting barricades that had not yet been deployed.
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The Mexican government released a statement on Wednesday, detailing its response to the impending influx of migrants.
Migrants in possession of a visa will be permitted entry, while those seeking refugee status will be held at a migratory station for up to 45 days. Anyone who attempts to cross the border illegally will be rescued and subject to an administrative procedure and, where appropriate, will be returned to their country of origin in a safe and orderly manner.
Trump, who has repeatedly threatened to shutter the border entirely using military personnel, praised the Mexican response on Twitter on Thursday: