Election caravan swells to 5,000

Standoff overnight at Mexico’s southern border as migrant caravan of thousands tries to reach US

Standoff overnight at Mexico’s southern border as migrant caravan of thousands tries to reach US

"We have had people who have ankle or shoulder injuries, from falls during the trip, and even though we have offered to take them somewhere where they can get better care, they have refused, because they fear they'll be detained and deported", Garcia said.

At least a half-dozen migrants fainted amid the heat, and a steady stream abandoned the bridge to cross the Suchiate River by swimming, fording its shallows with the aid of ropes or floating in groups of about 10 on rickety rafts.

The Red Cross said Saturday that numerous people it is helping along the caravan route, a majority of them women and children, "are suffering from dehydration, stomach infections, and foot injuries as they walk the long journey".

The Associate Press reports that the numbers swelled to about 5,000 overnight.

"Let's all walk together!" and "Yes, we can!" they said. Efforts to retrieve them were ongoing, authorities said.

One of the migrants among the group, who has a prosthetic leg, told the BBC's Ana Gabriela Rojas he was determined to reach the US. "There are risks that we must take for the good of our children".

"It's been hard but you have to fight for what you want".

"People have to apply for asylum in Mexico first, and if they fail to do that, the US will turn them away".

The original caravan left San Pedro Sula, Honduras, one of the country's most violent cities, on October 13 which quickly accumulated to include a now reported 8,000 people who are dispersed across Honduras, Guatemala and now Mexico. Instead they accepted small groups for asylum processing and giving out 45-day visitor permits to some.

Some migrants returned to Tecun Uman on the Guatemalan side to buy food and supplies.

The decision to form a migrant caravan came after some migrants have up trying to enter Mexico legally because the asylum application process was too slow and most consider the U.S.as their final destination is the USA, where Trump says he will close the border on them.

"The Mexican government should put the human rights of the caravan members at the heart of the response and not let the U.S. Trump administration's pressure prevent it from fulfilling its worldwide obligations", said Erika Guevara-Rosas, the organization's director for the region.

President Trump on Sunday called the caravan a "disgrace" and blamed Democrats, federal courts and the migrants themselves.




What happened on the border?

Mexican authorities on Thursday had managed to block the "caravan" of migrants on a border bridge between Mexico and Guatemala, but many later entered via a river separating the two countries. On the Mexican side of the bridge, they were met by Mexican police in riot gear.

About 500 Mexican federal police are beside a highway that a caravan of Central American migrants is marching along toward the city of Tapachula.

On Friday, Mexican authorities began allowing a trickle of migrants, starting with women and children, to pass through the gates and board buses bound for refugee camps.

"They're not coming into this country", he said.

Presidents Hernandez of Honduras and Jimmy Morales of Guatemala held an emergency meeting at a Guatemalan air base.

"I also asked for authorisation to hire ground transportation for anyone who wants to return, and an air bridge for special cases of women, children, the elderly and the sick", Mr Hernandez tweeted.

Donald Trump has said that full efforts are being made to stop an onslaught of "illegal aliens" from getting into the US.

President Trump repeated his recent threats to seal the border to prevent the migrants from entering the U.S.in a series of tweets Sunday afternoon, blaming Democrats for the situation.

Trump has raised alarm over a group of thousands of migrants traveling through Mexico to the USA, saying, "Sadly, it looks like Mexico's Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan".

According to a Kaiser Foundation poll, immigration is the most important issue for 15% of all voters, though the number jumps to 25% among Republican voters.

And according to worldwide law, the USA can not deport asylum seekers without first determining the validity of their claim.

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