Complete ‘mayhem’ erupts at Mexico border over migrant crisis

Complete ‘mayhem’ erupts at Mexico border over migrant crisis

CNN's Bill Weir was on a bridge that links Mexico and Guatemala Friday, as the caravan of migrants pushed through the border.

Some hope to eventually enter the United States to escape violence and poverty in Central America.

Mexico's President elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has promised to issue work visas to the Central Americans. "It's very important to have a relationship of friendship". Trump has since thanked Mexico which has moved to step up security at its border with Guatemala.

Mexico's interior ministry says in a Thursday statement that the government will ask the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees to support Mexican agencies attending to the migrants.

Mexico's ambassador to Washington, Geronimo Gutierrez, told Fox News that seven migrants had already made requests to receive refugee status in Mexico.

They had been preparing for an influx of migrants, with local police chief Gerardo Hernandez saying that five shelters had been set up to accommodate up to 4,000 people.

But foreign minister Videgaray said that was "false" and that no such deal had been made. The last migrants of the caravan are expected to arrive later on Friday, migrants said. The nearest border is about 110 miles (177 km) away. She said she had volunteered to make the journey on behalf of her family, and send money home from working in the US.

Honduran migrants, part of a caravan trying to reach the United States, walk on a bridge during their travel in Guatemala City, Guatemala October 18, 2018.

On Twitter, Trump said he wanted "Mexico to stop this onslaught", or he will use the military to "CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER". "We don't want them", Trump said.

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President Donald Trump on Thursday dusted off the cobwebs of an old proposal from April to deploy military troops along the southern usa border in an effort to stem illegal crossings by immigrants.

After declaring this "assault on our country" a top priority for him as president, Trump concluded: "Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border".

Trump took things up a notch, falsely accusing Democrats wanting "Open Borders" and leading the "assault on our country" by a "large flow of people, INCLUDING MANY CRIMINALS".

Mexican television footage showed hundreds of migrants breaking through Guatemalan border posts and streaming onto a bridge connecting Mexico and Guatemala.

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. "Great Midterm issue for Republicans!". "Yes, we are seeing some spikes in Central Americans crossing the border, but overall migration is at a 40-year low", Oglesby said.

Many with small children were seen queuing in order to register with Mexican immigration authorities, while on the Guatemalan side of the border dozens were left stranded, unable to get past Guatemalan police who stood guard in front of metal gates.

The group formed in Honduras on Saturday, the latest in a series of caravans going back to around 2008 to help people living in violent and corrupt Central American nations. There are no official estimates of the size of the group.

"He's making a political calculation", said Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico's incoming foreign minister, about Trump's posting on Twitter, in a reference to US midterm elections in November. They also said migrants caught without papers would be deported.

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