The multitude of Central American migrants moving towards the US border. UU In southern Mexico it has now become a whopping 5,000 people as they challenge the efforts of four governments to separate them.
Thousands of immigrants, mostly Hondurans, rose at dawn on Sunday from the banks of a river between Guatemala and Mexico and continued their journey north, while the Mexican government tries to stop them at the border.
Their number increased from 2,000 to 5,000 during the night and, at first light, they started walking towards the Mexican city of Tapachula, 10 a day in a line that extended approximately one mile.
Several hundred more had already applied for refugee status in Mexico and an estimated 1,500 were still on the Guatemalan side of the Suchiate River, hoping to enter legally.
It came when President Donald Trump fired a tweet on Sunday afternoon and said: "Every effort is being made to prevent the attack of illegal aliens from crossing our southern border."
& # 39; People should apply for asylum in Mexico first, and if they do not, the US will. UU They will reject them. The courts are asking the United States to do things that are not feasible!
The multitude of Central American migrants advancing toward the United States border in southern Mexico increased to 5,000 people on Sunday as they challenge the efforts of four governments to separate them.
Honduran migrants who participate in a caravan that heads to the United States cross the Suchiate River, the natural border between Guatemala and Mexico, on improvised rafts on Sunday.
Trump continued to add a separate tweet: "Caravans are a disgrace for the Democratic Party." Change immigration laws NOW!
It was not immediately clear where additional travelers had materialized, since about 2,000 had met on the Mexican side on Saturday night.
They seemed to be people who had been waiting in the Guatemalan city of Tecun Uman and had decided to cross during the night.
The migrants pose a challenge to the promise of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto at the end of last week to stop the travelers' plans to move toward the United States border without the proper documents.
When the caravan headed to the United States moved to Mexico, the Mexican police with riot gear deployed at road junctions and a military helicopter circled overhead, prompting many migrants to ask if the police will carry out mass arrests and will seek to roll back the caravan.
Many of the scruffy travelers of the swollen caravan seemed determined to keep moving, saying that they are fleeing from a toxic mixture of violence, poverty and endemic corruption and that they would not return.
The multitude of migrants blocked the highway that was heading north from the border city of Ciudad Hidalgo, in the state of Chiapas, in southern Mexico, many of which began to sing.
Their number increased from 2,000 to 5,000 during the night and, at first light, they left walking towards the Mexican city of Tapachula, 10 a day in a line that extended approximately one mile.
Honduran migrants wait to cross the border from Ciudad Tecun, Uman, Guatemala, to Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico on Sunday.
A police officer watches as Central American migrants walk along the road near the border with Guatemala, while continuing their journey trying to reach the US. UU
The parents who took their children were among the migrants who participated in the caravan on Sunday as they crossed the border from Tecun Uman, Guatemala, to Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico.
A baby who participates in a caravan of migrants heading to the United States rests on the road between Ciudad Hidalgo and Tapachula, state of Chiapas, Mexico, on Sunday.
According to local officials and migrant organizers, the slowness of the legal process led thousands of people to cross the river illegally by raft or swimming.
If you send us back, we'll be back! A great crowd shouted in unison under the intense glow of the morning sun.
& # 39; We're not criminals, we're workers! & # 39;
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has threatened to stop aid to Honduras and Guatemala, and potentially close the border of the United States with Mexico with the help of the military if the march of the migrants does not stop.
The Mexican government has said during the past week that it will register migrants and process asylum applications. Those who try to skip the process would face deportation, but the size of the caravan will test Mexico, which has sought the help of the U.N. to handle the problem.
Camping for two nights with backpacks for pillows and tents made from garbage bags on a long bridge between Guatemala and Mexico, the migrant caravan began last week in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and grew exponentially as it passed through Guatemala.
On Saturday, Mexican immigration authorities only allowed some 640 migrants to cross the official border on a bridge that crossed the Suchiate River.
According to local officials and migrant organizers, the slowness of the legal process forced several thousand to cross the river illegally by raft or swimming.
Thousands of Honduran immigrants resumed their march to the United States on Sunday from the city of Ciudad Hidalgo, in southern Mexico.
The migrants, mostly Hondurans, formed a march that extended more than a mile when they tried to cross into Mexico on Sunday.
Thousands were stranded on a border bridge on Saturday while allowing women and children to enter Mexico
A Honduran migrant mother and her son cross the bridge after crossing the border between Guatemala and Mexico, in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, on Saturday.
Migrants tired of waiting to cross into Mexico jumped from a border bridge to the Suchiate River, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Friday.
On Sunday, the federal police monitored the progress of the caravan from a helicopter and some units escorted him. Outside Tapachula, about 500 federal policemen met briefly along the road in buses and patrol units, but the officers said their instructions were to keep traffic on the road and not stop the caravan. They advanced towards Tapachula before the caravan reached them.
As they passed through Mexican villages on the outskirts of Ciudad Hidalgo on Sunday, immigrants received applause, cheers and donations of food and clothing from Mexicans.
María Teresa Orellana, resident of the neighborhood of Lorenzo, handed out free sandals to the migrants as they passed by. "It's solidarity," he said. They are our brothers.
In the tropical heat, Besi Jaqueline Lopez from San Pedro Sula wore an unlikely stuffed polar bear with a winter cap, the favorite and only toy of her two daughters, Victoria 4 and Elisabeth, 3, as they walked beside her, all covered in sweat
Graduated in business administration, Lopez said she could not find work in Honduras. He wants to get to the United States, but he would stay in Mexico if he could find work here. "My goal is to find work for a better future for my daughters," he said. Her husband, David Martinez, said they were tired, but they had to move on to reach their goal of reaching the US. UU
Olivin Castellanos, 58, a truck driver and bricklayer from Villanueva, Honduras, said he crossed the river on a raft after Mexico blocked the bridge. "Nobody will stop us, only God," he said. & # 39; We knocked down the door and we kept walking & # 39; He wants to get to the United States to work. "I can do this," he said, pointing to the asphalt under his feet. & # 39; I've made roads & # 39;
Dozens of Honduran migrants crossed the Suchiate River, which separates Guatemala from Mexico, on foot and in boats.
Immigrants are seen arriving in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico on Saturday after crossing the border of Guatemala
The caravan of thousands of Central Americans, mostly from Honduras, hopes to reach the United States.
Thousands of migrants crossed the northwest border of Guatemala and flooded a bridge that leads to Mexico, where the riot police fought them. Others made their way through the water.