Migrant caravan clashes with Mexican police, waits on bridge at Guatemalan-Mexican border

Migrant caravan clashes with Mexican police, waits on bridge at Guatemalan-Mexican border
Pompeo asks Mexico to help tackle migration crisis | TheHill
“They wanted that caravan and there are those that say that caravan didnt just happen,” Mr. Trump said. “They also figure everybody coming in is going to vote Democrat.”

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.”

“Americans are compassionate people, and we empathize with all those who suffer and respect the desire of millions to become Americans. Tolerating illegality is not real compassion, not for our own American citizens and not for illegal immigrants who are often abused by the inherent criminality of porous borders,” Steve Cortes, president of the Trump Hispanic Advisory Council and a campaign adviser, tells The Washington Times.

Mainstream media joins the Honduran caravan

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.

“In addition to stopping all payments to these countries, which seem to have almost no control over their population, I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught — and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!” the president noted in follow-up tweet, which was isolated and quoted by many news organizations as a blockbuster headline.

Criminals target women, children as migrant caravan makes its way to Mexico

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.

The collective migration – made mostly on foot, hitchhiking or crammed on top of buses – is at best tiresome. People are weak, get little sleep, food or water and their futures are unknown. But humanitarian workers on the ground as well as immigration advocates say the lengthy journey also puts migrants at risk of rape, violence and other acts of torture.

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The Mexican government released a statement on Wednesday, detailing its response to the impending influx of migrants.

“It’s unspeakable,” immigration lawyer Matthew Kolken told Fox News. “In this day and age, we don’t allow our children to walk to school alone… The actors that are smuggling individuals are unscrupulous. They take advantage of them. Women are subjected to sexual assault and rape. Children too.”

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:

If Trump pulls out of the trade deal or closes the border, there would be major economic implications for both countries. If Mexico ultimately cracks down on the caravan, it would be seen as a coup for the administration in the United States — especially among Trump's supporters — and would speak to how successful efforts to build bridges with the Mexican government have been, even as Trump continues to boast about building a border wall.

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