More than 2,000 Hondurans heading to the United States have promised to march north despite President Donald Trump warning that Mexican authorities allow them to cross the border.
The group of caravans said on Saturday they will try to reach the city of Tapachula in the morning after crossing the river to get to Mexico from Guatemala, while others waited at the crossing of a bridge hoping to register as asylum seekers. .
"We still do not know if we will reach the border (of the US), but we will continue as far as we can," Rodrigo Abeja told the Associated Press.
Mexican authorities allowed dozens of women and children from a convoy of Honduran migrants bound for the United States to enter the country on Saturday
The city, 40 kilometers (25 miles) away, is where Mexico's ambassador to Guatemala, Luis Manuel Lopez, said women and children would be taken to a shelter after being prosecuted by immigration authorities.
Dozens of mothers and their youths ran forward when immigration officials opened a door that had been holding migrants at the crossing. "I'm happy, happy! At the end!" Gina Paola Montes, 21, shouted when entering the country.
Honduran migrants heading to the United States in a caravan prepare to jump into the Suchiate River from the Guatemala-Mexico International Border Bridge in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, on October 20, 2018.
Honduran migrants sleep in the main square of Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on the border with Mexico
Many had spent the night on the bridge where hundreds slept without shelter. Others placed in the main square of the Guatemalan border city Tecun Uman.
Hundreds of unregistered persons resorted to crossing the Suchiate River on improvised rafts and the police did not intervene as they climbed the muddy shore on the Mexican side. Many of them spent more than 24 hours on the full bridge, where heat and hunger increased the feeling of despair, reports AFP.
Some travelers, such as Alex Benitez, 22, paid the locals to take him across the river on rafts made of huge truck tires.
"They promised that they will give us a visa, but the people are there (on the bridge) since yesterday and they have not given us anything," Benítez said.
Bryon Rivera, 25, had decided to give up trying to enter the United States due to fear of being deported once he arrived in Mexico.
& # 39; It's better to come back. It is very difficult. "There's a lot of mess," Rivera said.
Police said more than 300 people have accepted a government offer of a bus trip to their country.
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, at a rally in Elko, Nevada, thanked Mexico and the leaders of Mexico & # 39; (The President of Mexico appears in the photo)
US President Donald Trump suggested the caravan was politically motivated while speaking at a rally in Elko, Nevada, on Saturday.
& # 39; Democrats want caravans, they like caravans. Many people say: "I wonder who started that caravan," he said, and thanked Mexico for blocking the progress of the caravan. & # 39; Mexico has been so amazing. Thank you Mexico and the leaders of Mexico, thank you. And you know why, because now Mexico respects the leadership of the United States & # 39;
It occurred when Secretary Kirstjen Neilsen said that the Department of Homeland Security supported the "Mexican partners" of the United States.
& # 39; I have been in constant contact with my foreign counterparts in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. "Looking closely at the developments and providing the requested assistance," he wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
Then he added: "DHSgov will continue to support our Mexican partners as they take measures to address the crisis on their southern border. The Mexican federal police are handling this in a professional and human way. "
Last week, Trump threatened to cut aid to the region, deploy the army and close the border between the United States and Mexico if the authorities did not stop them.
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández and his Guatemalan counterpart Jimmy Morales agreed with Trump at a press conference in Guatemala City.
"This migration has political motivations that violate the borders and the good faith of the states and, of course, put at risk the most important thing, the people," said Morales.
Hernandez also lamented "the abuse of people's needs" for "political reasons."
"Without a doubt, we have a lot to do so that our people can have opportunities in their communities," he said.
The caravan originated in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula a week ago, with some 2,000 aspiring migrants gathered by social networks.
It is noticeably different from the & # 39; Migrant Viacrucis & # 39; organized in April of each year by NGOs to draw attention to the plight of Central American migrants.
Honduran migrants use improvised rafts to cross the Suchiate River that marks the border between Guatemala and Mexico.
The caravan of mainly Honduran immigrants had moved through a series of police lines and barricades to the final fence on Mexico's southern border on Friday.
Sections of the crowd threw stones and other objects at hundreds of riot police, who responded with rubber bullets and tear gas, stopping the caravan determined to reach the United States.
Several people were injured. Police used tear gas to push back migrants and calm was restored.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto described the situation as "unprecedented."
Caravan organizers said a section of the crowd had confronted the police and ruined what had been an orderly attempt to cross into Mexico.
A Guatemalan firefighter carries a sick baby.
Migrants generally flee poverty and insecurity in Honduras, where powerful street gangs rule their territory with brutal violence.
With a homicide rate of 43 per 100,000 population, Honduras is one of the most violent countries in the world.