Pressure turns to Mexico as migrant caravan heads for border

Pressure turns to Mexico as migrant caravan heads for border

Pressure turns to Mexico as migrant caravan heads for border

Central Americans traveling in a mass caravan broke through a Guatemalan border fence and streamed by the thousands toward Mexican territory Friday, defying Mexican authorities' entreaties for an orderly migration and U.S. President Trump's threats of retaliation.

Trump tweeted Thursday that he wanted "Mexico to stop this onslaught".

Despite their sharp differences, the U.S. and Mexico have made progress on several issues, including the signing of an updated transcontinental trade pact, the U.S. -Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

The migrant caravan reached the Guatemala-Mexico border on Thursday, overwhelming the border town of Tecun Uman's shelters and forcing hundreds to sleep in the town's central plaza, in the pouring rain.

Changes to detention rules saw thousands of migrant children detained and separated from their parents earlier this year, sparking national and global condemnation.

Trump, who ran in 2016 promising to tighten United States immigration laws end the inflow of people entering the country illegally, has called for cutting off foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador if they do not stop the migrants. However, the US Congress has refused to fund it in full.

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

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"The journey has been very tough, very hard but there's no work in Honduras", said 20-year-old Glenda Salvador, a mother of two toddlers and one of the multitude of Hondurans gathering in a Tecun Uman park close to the bridge crossing from Guatemala to Mexico.

In a speech Thursday night, Trump accused the Democrats of paving the way for the caravan with their sanctuary city policies.

Many said they were making the journey for economic reasons.

In contrast to the earlier caravan, which moved deeper into the interior of Mexico before officials began intensive efforts to process the migrants, the Mexican government has focused on the new group right on its southern border with Guatemala.

Thousands of illegal immigrants from Central America have breached the Guatemalan border with Mexico and are pushing toward the United States. "And we need to call it what it is", Gutierrez said.

Pompeo is scheduled to meet Fridaywith Peña Nieto and Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, as well as Lopez Obrador's designated foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard.

And, much like Guatemala and Honduras, Mexico is itself a country of many migrants, raising the question of whether the political will exists for a confrontation. "Anyone who wants to work in our country will have help, will have a work visa", he pledged. Hundreds of federal police officers and immigration officers have been sent to the porous border region along the Suchiate River which divides the two neighbours.

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