As border restrictions tighten, some experts see migrant caravans growing in size

As border restrictions tighten, some experts see migrant caravans growing in size

Olivin Castellanos, 58, a truck driver and mason from Villanueva, Honduras, said he took a raft across the river after Mexico blocked the bridge. "Don't continue putting women's and children's lives at risk", a Mexican official pleaded with the crowd through a bullhorn. The massive crowd had just overrun a barrier set up by the Guatemalan government just south of the river.

The Mexican government has tried to not to make matters worse with President Donald Trump who has unloaded a heavy stream of vitriol against Mexican leaders threatening military action and an end to a recently inked trade agreement Thursday over Twitter and during a campaign rally if Mexico didn't put a stop to the caravan. Since then, leaders throughout the region have publicly urged them to turn back. It's unclear whether any have simply turned back.

During a press briefing in Arizona on Friday, the President reminded reporters the groups are not "little angels" but rather "hardened criminals".

"They are fully engaged, they sent 500 federales down to the southern border", Pompeo said, noting that he wanted to "express his sympathy" for the injured officers. "Do you think they're giving us their finest?"

"If the Democrats would stop being obstructionists and come together, we could write up and agree to new immigration laws in less than one hour", Trump tweeted on Saturday, implying that it could be more productive to cooperate rather than fight.

Trump replied, "Oh please, please, don't be a baby". Look at what's happening...

Some of the migrants on the bridge told CNN they joined the caravan because they were desperate for work and had no other choice.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said the border clash was "unprecedented" and accused some of the migrants of attacking police.

"This moment has enormous implications for the opioid epidemic in the USA", he added. The ease of entering is a selling point for the cartels, who control the drug and human smuggling routes into the US and require payment of a "mafia fee" just to cross the U.S. "If we can do this right we will improve the relations between our two countries materially as well".

Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Videgaray said in an interview with the Televisa network that those who want to apply for refuge in Mexico will be welcome to do so "if they have a vulnerable situation in their country of origin".

In recent days, as the much-publicized caravan traversed Guatemala, Mexico dispatched planeloads of federal police and other authorities in anticipation of an influx.

Members of the migrant caravan burst through a Guatemalan border fence on Friday and rushed onto the bridge over the Suchiate River.

Some 5,000 Central American migrants traveling in the caravan left the border at Ciudad Hidalgo at dawn.

Mexican workers handed food bottled water to the migrants on the bridge. Thousands are fleeing poverty and insecurity in Central America, where for years violent street gangs have brutally ruled large swathes of turf. In 2009, the Obama administration and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton instigated a coup d'état against the country's elected president, Manuel Zelaya, initiating a reign of terror that continues to this day.

Gloria Emilia Mejia, Honduran immigrant says, "They said they'll let us in and that we should be patient, and that we'll be allowed through in order, but we don't have information about where we are staying". The Mexican government is at least trying to honor the principle of the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA).

MARTIN: Can you just tell us a bit more about what people are telling you, who they are and why they've been willing to go through all this? "We can't even take care of our own people". "We can no longer say Pocahontas because she has no Indian", Trump said of Warren, according to KTAR.



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