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Caravan migrants break Guatemala border fence, rush Mexico

Caravan migrants break Guatemala border fence, rush Mexico

Thousands of Central Americans in a USA -bound migrant caravan began pushing their way from Guatemala into Mexico on Friday, pulling down border fences and storming toward the Mexican immigration post.

During the encounter on the Suchiate River span that links Mexico and Guatemala, Mexican officials refused to allow them to illegally pass en masse but agreed to allow small groups to enter so their asylum claims would be processed.

The original 2,000 Central Americans either swam or rafted across a river separating Guatemala and Mexico Saturday, with estimates of 3,000 more joining them as they head to the U.S.in time for next month's election.

"I am watching the Democrat Party led (because they want Open Borders and existing weak laws) assault on our country by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, whose leaders are doing little to stop this large flow of people, INCLUDING MANY CRIMINALS, from entering Mexico to US..." After Mexican authorities slowed access through the border bridge to a crawl, hundreds of migrants began boarding rafts or wading across the river and crossing into Mexico illegally.

He also indicated that the military would be called upon if needed.

"I'm glad we've got a president that's a bulldog and is gonna protect this country at all costs", Homan said.

The number of migrants swelled to about 5,000 as more people continue to join the group that stretches for about a mile.

Changes to detention rules saw thousands of migrant children detained and separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border earlier this year, sparking national and global condemnation.

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

Organizers of the caravan said a section of the crowd had confronted the police and spoiled what had been an orderly attempt to cross into Mexico.

The migrants include many parents travelling with young children.

A Mexican migration official who declined to give his name because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly said that between Friday and Saturday, authorities had deported by bus about 500 people who voluntarily chose to return.

Hundreds of people in a caravan of migrants that crossed from Honduras into Guatemala staged a dramatic bid to breach the Mexican border on Friday, as local governments began preparing to disperse the convoy under pressure from Washington.

"It is a blessing that they have given us food", Martinez said.

On Friday, US President Donald Trump thanked Mexico for holding back the migrants from crossing into the US.

In recent days, as the much-publicized caravan traversed Guatemala, Mexico dispatched planeloads of federal police and other authorities in anticipation of an influx.

"I don't know what happened, I thought we were going to cross peacefully and then suddenly there were rocks flying and tear gas", she told AFP. As Mexico processes the migrants, the caravan will likely slowly disperse.

In a joint press conference, Videgaray said the migrant caravan that massed along Mexico's border with Guatemala this week is "a challenge that Mexico is facing, and that's how I expressed it to Secretary Pompeo".

But on Sunday afternoon, police set up two checkpoints and appeared prepared to block the migrants.

"So as of this moment, I thank Mexico", Trump said Friday at an event in Scottsdale, Ariz.

"If that doesn't work out, we're calling up the military - not the (National) Guard - we're calling up the military", he told reporters.

"They are not coming into this country, they might as well turn back", the president said.

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