Published: Mon, October 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Migrants Swim, Raft Their Way Into Mexico as They Head for US

Migrants Swim, Raft Their Way Into Mexico as They Head for US

Thousands of migrants who forced their way through Guatemala's northwestern border and flooded onto a bridge leading to Mexico, where riot police battled them back, on Saturday waited at the border in the hope of continuing their journey to the United States.

The migrants, who said they gave up trying to enter Mexico legally because the asylum application process was too slow and most want to continue to the US, gathered Saturday at a park in the border city of Ciudad Hidalgo.

A group of Central American migrants wade across the Suchiate River, on the the border between Guatemala and Mexico, in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018.

Honduran migrants taking part in a caravan heading to the US rest as they arrive at the border crossing point with Mexico, in Ciudad Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on October 19, 2018.

Other reports indicated that the migrants were overwhelming the border forces and swarming into Mexico. This is the right approach: people generally don't want to leave their homes if they can live normal, safe lives there.

The number of migrants swelled to about 5,000 as more people continue to join the group that stretches for about a mile.

But "they don't all register here for fear of being detained", admitted Hernandez.

Pompeo traveled to Mexico City Friday to meet with Mexican officials to find ways to help stop a caravan of thousands of migrants heading to the United States.

A caravan of Central Americans that formed in southern Mexico in late March also drew the ire of Mr. Trump, who on Thursday threatened to deploy the military and close the southern USA border if Mexico did not halt the latest procession.

"Violent entry into the country not only threatens our sovereignty, but also puts the migrants themselves at risk", Pena Nieto said in a video published on his social media profiles.

"One way or another, we will pass", they changed, clambering atop to USA -donated military jeeps parked at the scene as Guatemalan police looked on.

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Some were distrustful of buses that arrived to ferry the women, children and elderly migrants to be processed, the AP noted.

A Mexican migration official who declined to give his name because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly said that between Friday and Saturday, authorities had deported by bus about 500 people who voluntarily made a decision to return.

Other police said they planned to offer migrants a chance to secure legal paperwork in a local shelter but would not detain or deter them if they refused. Both the United States and Mexico have legal obligations to assess refugee claims before sending someone back to a place where they could face persecution and abuse.

"I don't know what happened, I thought we were going to cross peacefully and then suddenly there were rocks flying and tear gas", she told AFP.

The Mexican authorities have told migrants, who include women, children and old people, they want an orderly process and only those with valid documents will be allowed in. "We are about law and order and borders and jobs and they are about allowing crime to enter our country with open borders", Mr. Trump said Friday.

"So as of this moment, I thank Mexico", Trump said Friday at an event in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Luis Manuel Lopez Moreno, Mexico's ambassador to Guatemala asserted those with the proper paperwork would be allowed to make the move into Mexico.

"We are not criminals, we are workers!"

Sairy Bueso, a 24-year old Honduran mother of two, was another migrant who abandoned the bridge and crossed into Mexico via the river.

"They're not coming into this country", Trump added.

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