Migrant caravan on the move from Mexico-Guatemala border

Trump threatens to send troops to the border and cancel trade deal to stop migrant caravan

Trump threatens to send troops to the border and cancel trade deal to stop migrant caravan

The original 2,000 Central Americans either swam or rafted across a river separating Guatemala and Mexico Saturday, with estimates of 3,000 more joining them as they head to the U.S.in time for next month's election.

Civil defense officials for Mexico's southern state of Chiapas said they had offered to take the migrants by bus to a shelter set up by immigration officials about 5 miles (7 kilometers) outside Tapachula, but the migrants refused, fearing that once they boarded the buses they would be deported.

The decision to form a migrant caravan came after some migrants have up trying to enter Mexico legally because the asylum application process was too slow and most consider the U.S.as their final destination is the USA, where Trump says he will close the border on them.

"We appreciate what makes Mexico", he said, adding that the migrants do not cross the border with the United States, because among them many criminals.

"The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to the U.S.is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately!"

Speaking on the Televisa network, Videgaray did not seem concerned about Trump's threat to close the U.S. -Mexico border, saying it had to be viewed in light of the hotly contested U.S. midterm elections, in which Trump has made border security a major campaign issue.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is requesting that the United Nations help process the group to determine whether they have valid asylum claims or should be returned to their home countries.

Reportedly, Mexican authorities have further said they're asking for help from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to process migrants seeking refugee status.

That is a tiny portion of the nearly 1,350 miles (2,200 kilometres) they would have to travel to reach the closest USA border.

"We believe there are at least 5,600 now, and we expect more to join us" in the nearby city of Tapachula, said Rodrigo Aveja, one of the group's organizers.

He said caravan migrants come from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Most of the caravan members were holding in the southern Mexican city of Tapachula on Monday morning, trying to figure out how the Mexican government would treat them.

Dressed in riot gear, police arrived along a southern highway in several buses, ahead of the throngs of men, women and children marching north after they crossed the Guatemalan border.

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"We shall work with our partners in the region to investigate and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law all who seek to encourage and profit from irregular migration", she said.

The chaos calmed somewhat as migrants formed lines in a mass of humanity stretching across the bridge.

Olivin Castellanos, 58, a truck driver and mason from Villanueva, Honduras, said he took a raft across the river after Mexico blocked the bridge.

A caravan of Honduran migrants moves north after crossing the border from Honduras into Guatemala.

According to Oglesby, as border restrictions have tightened, the journey for migrants has become more expensive and unsafe, increasing incidences of extortion and the trafficking of women and children.

The US president said the thousands of Central American migrants travelling towards America would have to apply for asylum in Mexico first.

The "caravan" is a party a week ago in San Pedro Sula, in northern Honduras, following a call on social networks to be relayed by an ex-member of parliament of honduras.

But the statement said all cases must be processed individually, suggesting that authorities have no intention of letting the migrants simply cross the border en masse without going through standard immigration procedures.

"They're not coming into this country: They may as well turn back", Trump said Friday in Arizona. "Yes, we are seeing some spikes in Central Americans crossing the border, but overall migration is at a 40-year low", Oglesby said.

But Mr Trump warned: 'As of this moment, I thank Mexico, ' he said. They eventually retreated to await the rest of the caravan.

A business administration graduate, Lopez said she couldn't find work in Honduras.

"Look at these kids without diapers, without food", said Eva Fernandez, a US citizen and California resident who heads an immigrant advocacy group, as she livestreamed the scene to friends in Honduras.

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