Trump declares national emergency over US-bound migrant caravan

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

Despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the border, about 5,000 Central American migrants resumed their advance toward the US border early Sunday in southern Mexico.

Speaking to teleSUR, Central American migration expert and anthropologist, Amelia Frank-Vitale who lives in San Pedro Sula says there's talk from Honduras of more caravans that will head north in the immediate future.

"We want to get to the United States", said Maria Irias Rodriguez, 17, a migrant from Tegulcigalpa, Honduras, who was traveling with her 8-month-old daughter, 2-year-old son and husband.

In the president-elect's words: "He who leaves his town does not leave for pleasure but out of necessity".

"It's really full. You can't even walk, there's just so many people", he said of the migrants.

Officials of the national disaster management agency, CONRED, told AFP that more than 1,000 Hondurans had left the caravan between Friday and Sunday, taken home on a fleet of buses laid on by the Guatemalan government.

Mr Trump has said that he would send troops to the southern U.S. border if there was a mass attempt to cross from Mexico and has placed immigration at the top of the midterm election campaign.

Under a proposed bilateral agreement that the Trump administration has discussed with Mexican officials, U.S. border officials would be able to legally turn back asylum-seekers who first pass through Mexico, forcing them to seek protection south of the border.

The president tweeted: "The Caravans are a disgrace to the Democrat Party".

'The president is desperate to change the subject from health care to immigration because he knows that health care is the number one issue Americans care about, ' Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a joint statement on Saturday.

With Mexico unable to stop a caravan headed to the US from Guatemala, the group is burgeoning in size. "If they fail to do that, the USA will turn them away", he said.

Some migrants have tried to avoid the border checkpoint in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, by crossing the Suchiate river.

Mexican villagers have organized to offer them water, food and clothing. Hundreds of locals driving pickups, vans and cargo trucks stopped to let them clamber aboard.

"They are walking in mass exodus because they can not live in their country anymore due to extreme violence, lack of opportunity, and the corruption and impunity that has expelled them from their homes", the group said in a statement Sunday.

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Passing freight trucks were quickly boarded by dozens of migrants, and groaning tuk-tuks carried as many as a half-dozen. She expressed gratitude to "God and the Mexicans who have helped us".

"We are also are deeply concerned by the violence provoked by some members of the group, as well as the apparent political motivation of some organizers of the caravan". "We knocked down the door and we continue walking".

The majority are on buses with their tactical gear.

"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. They were not blocking the highway.

Mexican federal police have monitored the caravan's progress from helicopters and have escorted it as well.

Municipal police in the town of Frontera Hidalgo stood by.

"They're not coming into this country", Trump said at the rally. "They are human beings".

He took to Twitter to blame the courts for "asking the USA to do things that are not doable".

However, the vast majority have opted to wait on the bridge over the Suchiate River where Mexican authorities insisted they would have to file asylum claims one at a time in order to enter the country.

It's not immediately clear where the additional travelers materialized from.

A United States-bound caravan of thousands of mostly Honduran migrants has entered Mexico, despite increasing attacks from US President Donald Trump.

Later in the day, authorities in Guatemala said another group of about 1,000 migrants had entered that country from Honduras.

Throughout Saturday, around 900 migrants - exhausted of waiting on the bridge - resorted to crossing the Suchiate River below on makeshift rafts and police did not intervene as they clambered up the muddy riverbank on the Mexican side.

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