Mexico vows to meet migrant 'challenge' as caravan hits border

Mexico vows to meet migrant 'challenge' as caravan hits border

Before dawn Friday, the migrants made a decision to wait a few more hours for stragglers to arrive.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Mexico City on Friday to discuss the issue with his counterpart.

The numbers trying to enter the United States had prompted a warning from Mr Trump, where he insisted he would call up the U.S. military and close the southern border with Mexico if Mexico failed to stop the masses of people from travelling through that country.

An immigration enforcement advocate is encouraged by the efforts being made to stop a caravan of migrants from reaching the United States illegally.

The key questions: Will Mexico let the migrants in? In his tweets Thursday, he warned that the latest group includes "MANY CRIMINALS".

But government statements, Twitter posts and even a police blockade haven't succeeded in stopping the caravan.

The march of the migrant has swollen now to 4,000 people, mostly Hondurans.

Many were travelling with a single change of clothes and little money. She said she thought Trump's proposal to construct a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico would be "expensive" and "ineffective" at stopping immigrants.

Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) Director of Public Studies Jessica Vaughan - who formerly served as a foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department - commended the president for continuing to be tough on immigration.

Tension was palpable in Ciudad Hidalgo, a tiny tropical village in Mexico surrounded by rain forest and banana plantations that borders Tecun Uman in Guatemala, with the two towns separated by a muddy river.

Several of the migrants told The New York Times they hoped to pursue a better life for themselves and their families. Dozens of Mexican federal police officers are on the border bridge, with hundreds more behind them. Later that day he tweeted a video of Mexican federal police deploying at the Guatemalan border and wrote: "Thank you Mexico, we look forward to working with you!" Those who do so will be held "at a migratory station" for up to 45 business days.

On Wednesday, Mexican officials said those in the Honduran caravan with proper documentation could enter the country and those without it would have to apply for refugee status or face deportation.

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Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who takes office on December 1, wants to avoid repression against migrants and also avoid angering the United States.

The map above shows the journey the caravan is taking from Honduras through Guatemala and up through Mexico into the U.S. Those caught entering the country in what Mexican officials called an "irregular manner", however, will supposedly be detained and deported.

"It's a situation that is nearly impossible to resolve at this time for Mexico", Salazar told CNN en Español Thursday.

Trump also said that if a solution is not found, it could upend the new trade deal negotiated between Mexico and the United States.

Mexico's main reaction has been to step up security on its southern border with Guatemala.

If Trump pulls out of the trade deal or closes the border, there would be major economic implications for both countries.

The news comes as families entering the U.S. illegally have reached a record high, prompting a demand from President Donald Trump that Central American countries and Mexico take steps to correct the situation immediately.

There are thousands of people in the largest group.

It's also about Mexican emigrants living overseas, many of whom are undocumented.

Hundreds of Honduran migrants broke through a Guatemalan border barrier and forced their way onto Mexican territory Friday, as riot police tried to keep them from advancing past a border bridge and continuing their trek toward the US.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has partnered with the United States in the past on immigration-related issues.

This includes a visit to Mexico ahead of its December inauguration of President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. He said this week that Mexico would offer jobs to Central Americans. "Anyone who wants to work in our country will have help, will have a work visa", he pledged.

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