Caravan of almost 1,000 Central American migrants successfully enters Mexico while they wait to hear if they get a visa after walking for days
- 969 migrants from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua came to Ciudad Hidalgo last night
- They received processing wristbands because checks are carried out before they receive humanitarian visas
- Once a visa has been issued, migrants may work in Mexico or continue to the border with the United States
Connor Boyd for Mailonline
Almost 1,000 migrants have successfully entered Southern Mexico after leaving their Central American homes in search of a better life abroad.
The Mexican National Migration Institute said that 969 migrants from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua transited to New Zealand a few days after Ciudad Hidalgo left Central America.
Children were photographed in tears when they dragged into Mexico after running for days with parents trying to escape from poverty and lives full of crimes.
A little girl cries as she walks with her mother on the Suchiate River Bridge after receiving their processing tapes while Central American migrants cross the border between Guatemala and Mexico, near Ciudad Hidalgo
Honduran children receive a processing bracelet from a Mexican migrant worker when they enter Mexico from Guatemala
Central American migrants, especially Hondurans, meet in the Tecun Uman San Marcos park near the Mexican border to discuss the future of the caravan
Honduran migrants gather in a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, after arriving at the border with Mexico
Central American migrants are welcomed by a Mexican immigration officer after crossing a border bridge between Guatemala and Mexico
Migrants from Honduras, part of a new caravan from Central America trying to reach the United States, show bracelets in an immigration facility in Ciudad Hidalgo
A family enters a Mexican migration station after crossing a border bridge between Guatemala and Mexico to register at an immigration facility
Mexican officials put wristbands on the migrants when they entered the country to follow the flow of people. The tapes must be kept until the migrants register with the authorities.
Once registered, migrants meeting the residence requirements would receive humanitarian visas so that they could work in Mexico or continue to the US border, said Ana Laura Martinez de Lara, Director General of Migration and Verification.
Those who entered Mexico at the official border crossing had done this on a very orderly & # 39; and respectful manner, in contrast to collisions that took place at the border in October, when a larger caravan from Guatemala started to cross, she said.
Some migrants expected to stay in Mexico to find work, but it was too early to say how much, she said.
Central American migrants on their way to the United States with a second caravan eating a meal while waiting to be checked by Mexican migration officials when they arrive in Ciudad Hidalgo
A Honduran family talks to relatives via Skype while they wait to cross Mexico in the park of Tecun Uman, Guatemala
A Honduran girl gets a processing bracelet from a Mexican migrant worker as she enters Mexico from Guatemala
Honduran migrants wait at the border bridge in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, to receive their processing bands from Mexican officials
A father and his son walk across the Suchiate river bridge while Central American migrants cross the border between Guatemala and Mexico near Ciudad Hidalgo
Central American migrants on their way to the United States with a second caravan to be checked by Mexican migration officials arriving in Ciudad Hidalgo
Martinez de Lara said that about 700 people are still waiting to cross Tecun Uman on the Guatemalan side of the border to Mexico. She could not tell if there were people who illegally tried to enter Mexico.
The Mexican government said that Secretary of State Marcelo Ebrard planned to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shortly for discussions on their efforts to address the migration challenge. There was no date for the discussions yet, said a spokeswoman for the ministry.
Caravans from Central America have ignited the debate on American immigration policy, with President Donald Trump using the migrants to try to get support for his plan to build a border wall at the border with Mexico.
The Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador strives for a & # 39; humanitarian & # 39; approach to the problem and swear to curb the flow of people by finding jobs for the migrants. In exchange, he wants Trump to stimulate economic development in the region.
The US government has been shut down for four weeks, because the Democrats oppose Trump's demand that Congress should pay $ 5.7 billion to finance its planned wall.