Thousands of caravan migrants take shelter in southern Mexico

Thousands of caravan migrants take shelter in southern Mexico

The multitude of migrants clogged the highway leading north from the border city of Ciudad Hidalgo in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, many breaking into song.

Mexican authorities later opened the gates and allowed about 15 women and children through, but thousands were still waiting to cross the border, CNN reported.

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. In addition to those who crossed the river, immigration agents processed migrants in small groups and then bused them to an open-air, metal-roof fairground in Tapachula, where the Red Cross set up small blue tents on the concrete floor.

In a series of tweets Monday Mr. Trump said he had alerted the U.S. Border Patrol and the military that the caravan was a national emergency.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez has asked permission to send his country's civil protection force to Guatemala to help the migrants. "Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in".

Trump's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated that policy in a statement late Sunday, saying the administration is closely following the progress of the caravan and accusing the migrants of violating the sovereignty, laws and procedures of the countries they are traveling through.

Encamped for two nights using backpacks for pillows and tents made of trash bags on a long bridge between Guatemala and Mexico, the migrant caravan began in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, last week and grew exponentially as it passed through Guatemala.

"It is a blessing that they have given us food", Martinez said. The caravan is unlike previous mass migrations for its unprecedented large numbers and because it largely began spontaneously through word of mouth.

The caravan members ranged from farmers and bakers to housewives and students, and included a whole block of friends and family from the Honduran city of El Progreso.

But on Monday, he tweeted: "Sadly, it looks like Mexico's Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan".

More than 300 people have taken up a government offer of a bus ride home to their country, police said.

In dozens of interviews along the journey, they have said they are fleeing widespread violence, poverty and corruption in Honduras. On Saturday, with the punishing heat bearing down on them, some migrants took matters into their own hands, and crossed into Mexico on rafts that ferried them across the river.

The President tweeted Sunday that it's a disgrace to the democrat party, and that immigration laws need to be changed now. Mexican police tried to stop the human wave but after scuffling at a border crossing with Guatemala, Mexican police basically gave up. "The courts are asking the do things that are not doable!" "We've not done anything against Mexican law".

FILE - Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a rally as part of a tour to thank supporters for his victory in the July 1 election, in Acapulco, Oct. 3, 2018.

However, according to Fox news, Mexican officials say between 5,100 and 7,200 migrants registered to stay in the shelters, and another 2,000 chose to camp in the town square.

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