Migrants break through fence at Guatemala border

Leroy Wright
October 20, 2018

Migrants broke down the gates at the border crossing and began streaming toward a bridge into Mexico.

"We're going to rest here and wait for the others who are on their way so we can enter (Mexico) en masse, like we did at Agua Caliente", Edgar Elias, one of the leaders of the caravan, told AFP.

On Thursday, Mexico's ambassador to Guatemala, Luis Manuel Lopez Moreno, met with migrants camped out on the border to try to discourage them from crossing illegally.

Meanwhile, in a tweet today, the U.S. president threatened to cut USA humanitarian aid to Honduras if the caravan was allowed to arrive at the border.

In Mexico City, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said after meeting his Mexican counterpart that migration across the two countries' border is reaching "a moment of crisis". The last one reached the US border in the spring.

"We hope that in this big caravan group, they let us in", he added, referring to the United States.

Jari Dixon, an opposition politician in Honduras, tweeted on Monday that the caravan was not "seeking the American dream" but "fleeing the Honduras nightmare".

"Before taking decisions of that kind", Videgaray said, "there would be many people in the United States. who would consider the consequences".

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The migrants are mostly Hondurans, but others like Salvadoran Jonathan Guzman have joined the caravan en route.

US President Donald Trump addressed the situation on Twitter, warning he could take military action to close the US' border with Mexico to stop the flow of immigrants from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border.

Mexico's foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

On Friday, Scalise, who survived a politically-motivated shooting in 2017, said "it's obvious" Trump was not "encouraging his supporters to engage in attacks" during his Thursday night rally.

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to close the U.S. -Mexico border if Mexico does not stop 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". Individuals must show a passport or visa to cross the border, or apply for refugee status.

Trump is renewing his threat, though, as a caravan of migrants from Honduras makes its way north toward the US border.

In April, Mexican immigration officials had some success in dispersing the smaller caravan by processing many who chose to seek refugee status in Mexico, but some did continue on to the us border where they were processed over several days. Numerous migrants may chose to stay in countries along the route, though the Mexican government is already preparing a response.

With a homicide rate of 43 per 100,000 citizens, Honduras is one of the most violent countries in the world.

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