CARAVAN DEFIANT: Migrants 'Crash Gates,' Head into Mexico

Trump threatens to send army to US-Mexico border in migrant row

Young men began tugging on the fencing and finally succeeded in tearing it down, and men, women and children rushed through and toward the border bridge just up the road.

A handful of migrants jumped into the Suchiate River below to swim for rafts. As the sun rose, a military helicopter flew along the Mexican side of river foreshadowing the difficulties they could face.

In April, several hundred made it to the us border near San Diego, and a limited number were allowed to apply for asylum in the U.S.

Some are chanting "Walk!" They eventually retreated to await the rest of the caravan.

In recent days, various groups of migrants have been converging on the Guatemalan border town of Tecun Uman.

Jonathan Perales, 22, arrived with his wife Heidy and their daughters ages 2 and 4. The first to arrive to the border with Mexico took buses or hitchhiked.

"It was a great sacrifice, but it's all for a better life", he said.

Mexico says people arriving at the border will be able to apply for refugee status, and has asked for help from the United Nations refugee agency.

Trump has made it clear to Mexico that he is monitoring its response.

He called on Mexico to ensure the migrants do not reach the U.S. border while threatening Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador with financial penalties.

Under pressure from the U.S. to stop the migrants, Mexico has sent federal police to the border, though they are not officially there to stop the caravan.

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The migrant caravan is heading north as the United States mid-term elections approach, and Donald Trump lost no opportunity to comment as he addressed a rally of supporters in Montana. He said they were "worried that things could escape rational margins". "Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border", Trump wrote. What would he do, have our soldiers shoot the would-be immigrants if they don't stop walking forward?

During the week, in anticipation of the caravan's arrival at the southern border, the Mexican government deployed hundreds of National Police personnel there and issued a series of statements warning the caravan's participants against trying to enter the country illegally.

Typically, when a person manages to sneak into the United States through Mexico - regardless of whether they were from Mexico or some point farther south - they're detained and housed in the United States until their case is decided. Mujica appeared to be resisting.

Immigration agents began letting small groups through the gates if they wanted to apply for refugee status. They also said migrants caught without papers would be deported.

As part of the new agreement, Mexican officials say they have requested the intervention of the UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees to establish shelters along its southern border.

The Trump administration and the Republican Party have elevated the false "threat" posed by the caravan to whip up fascistic xenophobic sentiment in the run-up to the midterm elections, less than three weeks away.

Mr. Pompeo is expected to meet with Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray, Foreign Secretary-designate Marcelo Ebrard, and departing President Enrique Peña Nieto.

"Nobody likes them (Trump's comments)". "What is important to us is the migrants, respect for human rights, their due protection, particularly the most vulnerable".

Mexico's ambassador to Guatemala says his country has chose to enforce a policy of "metered entry" since thousands of migrants are clamoring to cross. He said Wednesday that his administration would offer work visas to Central Americans.

"Honestly, I want to get to the states to contribute to that country, to do any kind of work, picking up garbage", he said.

On Thursday, Trump branded the migrant caravan an "onslaught" and an "assault on our country" in a series of typically fiery tweets. "We are not going to attend to the issue only with deportations or means of force".

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