Mexico seeks assistance from United Nations for migrant caravan

Mexico seeks assistance from United Nations for migrant caravan

Mexico seeks assistance from United Nations for migrant caravan

Cristian, a 34-year-old cell phone repairman from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, says he wants to reach the U.S.to work.

Mexico has said the Hondurans would not be allowed to enter as a group and would either have to show a passport and visa - something few have - or apply individually for refugee status, a process that can mean waiting for up to 90 days for approval. Some said that they had been teargassed. "Now we're being pushed back", Weir said.

As dusk neared, police were relieved by fresh officers and reformed ranks.

The caravan, full of some 3,000 migrants, had planned to try to enter Mexico around 11 a.m. local time (CST) on Friday, with some trying to get through main border entrances and others crossing the river on rafts.

He also said he aid could be cut to countries allowing the caravan to pass.

"There are children in this crowd".

The group of Central American migrants has made its intentions clear: they are heading to the US. "We are not going to attend to the issue only with deportations or means of force". Trump said in one tweet Thursday. "It's very important to have a relationship of friendship".

En route to Mexico, Mr. Pompeo stopped Thursday in Panama City, where he addressed U.S. -Panama economic ties and cooperation on counternarcotics efforts. Mexican Federal Police released a video of officers arriving in the border state of Chiapas, some toting riot gear.

Illegal immigration is likely to be a top issue in November 6 US congressional elections and Trump said migrants in the caravan were being used by his political opponents.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Mexico City on Friday to discuss the issue with his counterpart.

At a news conference with Videgaray, Pompeo called illegal migration a "crisis" and emphasized "the importance of stopping this flow before it reaches the United States border", while also acknowledging Mexico's right to handle the crisis in a sovereign fashion.

"In other words before they make the trek across Mexico?" "Its leaders and its people will decide the best way to achieve what I believe are our shared objectives".

Trump spent much of the past week complaining about the caravan. "It is migration of a different dimension". This is not a migration crisis. The caravan, which is made up of people who would normally make their way separately toward the US border, has been transformed into a political demonstration whose daily movements are followed closely by all the region's major media outlets, along with the US Spanish-language network Univision.

The threat came in a series of angry tweets about immigration in which he also warned that he could stop funding to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and again falsely accused Democrats of wanting "open borders" and "weak laws".

One of the migrants, Juan Escobar, 24, said he had heard about Trump's comments but said they would not dissuade the migrants from continuing their journey.

Some planned to walk toward Mexican territory in a formation that put the men along the edges and women and children in the center.

But there are still many unanswered questions about how this will actually play out once large numbers of migrants arrive.

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