Pressure turns to Mexico as migrant caravan heads for border

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US President Donald Trump has warned the Central American caravan must be stopped before it reaches the United States, and Honduras and Guatemala said late last night they were mobilizing to assist the return of Honduran migrants to their homeland.

"One way or another, we will pass", the migrants chanted as they moved toward the bridge that connects the two countries as a disorganized crowd of women, men and children.

The border post is guarded by a heavy security force and tall metal gates.

Keilin Umana, a pregnant nurse who told the Associated Press that she had fled her home after receiving death threats from gang members, said: "We are not criminals, we are migrants". NBC News reports the Mexican government sent 500 officers to the country's border with Guatemala ahead of their approach.

Mexico's interior ministry says in a Thursday statement that the government will ask the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees to support Mexican agencies attending to the migrants. "They came in droves from Guatemala and Honduras through the Mexican border and for years Uncle Sam rolled out the welcome mat offering housing, food, medical treatment and a free education".

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Orellana says "the economy in Honduras is awful, there is nothing there".

Elizabeth Oglesby, a professor at the University of Arizona's Center for Latin American Studies, said people join caravans like this because it's a way to make the journey in a relatively safe manner and avoid having to pay thousands of dollars to smugglers.

Thousands of migrants are waiting to cross, according to CNN teams at the scene. Others intend to cross the Suchiate River on a raft.

Police deployed pepper spray after some migrants tried to push their way through the Mexican side. As Mexico processes the migrants, the caravan will likely slowly disperse.

Jonathan Guzman, a 22-year-old from El Salvador, said he had dreams of working in construction in Los Angeles. "We will address every case", he said. "Mexico's policy consists in respecting and protecting human rights" of migrants, Mexican Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete said earlier this week.

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In part, the response is meant to both dissuade the migrants from even attempting to enter Mexico and potentially to show the Trump administration that Mexico is willing to, as the government put it, "maintain order".

It was the second time in six months that Trump suggested the possibility of military action to curb immigration at the U.S. -Mexico border. Yesterday, black airplanes carrying several hundred Mexican federal police armed with riot gear arrived at the Mexico-Guatemala border.

Mexico has implemented what the ambassador to Guatemala calls a "metered entry" system to try to control the vast numbers of people who are traveling there from other Central American countries.

Trump dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Mexico City yesterday for meetings today with Peña Nieto, sitting Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray, and his soon-to-be replacement Marcelo Ebard.

"Mexico is in favor of legal, safe and orderly migration", he noted.

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