Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Migrant caravan takes a break in southern Mexico

Migrant caravan takes a break in southern Mexico

The Pentagon is expected to deploy "several hundred" troops to the US-Mexico border, a US official told AFP Thursday, after US President Donald Trump said the military would be used to tackle a "national emergency" on the border.

The group was more than 1,000 miles away from the USA border as of Friday and it could take weeks for them to reach their destination.

Police boarded buses and headed further down the highway, while migrants cheered and vowed to trek all the way to the USA border despite fierce opposition from President Donald Trump. The Honduran ambassador said on Friday the group officially had 3,500 members.

The caravan has been winding its way through southern Mexico after crossing over the border from Guatemala.

Democrats have accused Trump and Republicans of "fearmongering" on immigration ahead of the election. A White House official said "a wide range of administrative, legal and legislative options" were being considered, but that no decisions had been made.

She pointed out that Mexico has offered asylum to the migrants, so if they are truly fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries, they don't need to make it all the way to the U.S.

To ignore refuge and continue, in some cases, to come to the United States raises questions of what their real motives are'. But Trump's executive order would suspend this statue for Central Americans as a matter of "national security" in response to his claims that the caravan could contain criminals and terrorists.

The migrant caravan swelled to an estimated 7,000 people last week after hundreds of poverty-stricken Hondurans left their country two weeks ago.

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While migrants enter Mexico illegally nearly every day, they usually take smugglers' trucks or buses or walk at night to avoid detection.

The Latest on the caravan of Central American migrants hoping to travel through Mexico to the U.S. I wish I could just tell them - and I say it, caravan, turn around.

The number of the caravan is approximately three and a half thousand people.

"To those in the Caravan, turnaround, we are not letting people into the United States illegally", he tweeted Thursday, ignoring that many planned to legally apply for asylum.

Police have also been ejecting paid migrant passengers off buses, enforcing an obscure road insurance regulation to make it tougher for them to travel that way. The members of the migrant caravan will either apply for asylum at the USA border or try to enter illegally.

As a group from Central America heads to the border between the US and Mexico, the Trump administration is said to be getting ready to send troops to meet them and Catholic groups are asking that the migrants be treated humanely.

"We are nervous, but happy, because - so many days waiting", said 22-year-old Maria Yuliza Soreque, whose turn came on Tuesday to enter the USA after she, her mother and two-year-old daughter had been in the city for five weeks.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach raised the issue of the caravan in his campaign for state governor, suggesting that lax state immigration policies were helping to lure them north.

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