Thousands of Hondurans in U.S.-bound migrant caravan head into Mexico

Thousands of Hondurans in U.S.-bound migrant caravan head into Mexico

Thousands of Hondurans in U.S.-bound migrant caravan head into Mexico

Morales said a Honduran migrant died in the town of Villa Nueva, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) from Guatemala City, when he fell from a truck that was transporting migrants.

"Today it's for them, tomorrow for us", Valdivia said, adding that he was getting a valuable gift from those he helped: "From them we learn to value what they do not have".

The original caravan left San Pedro Sula, Honduras, one of the country's most violent cities, on October 13 which quickly accumulated to include a now reported 8,000 people who are dispersed across Honduras, Guatemala and now Mexico.

"I'm looking for a better future for my children".

"We're going to make it, we're going to keep moving so long as they don't stop us", said Honduran Jaffe Borjas, 17, marching alongside a childhood friend at the head of the column that stretched far down the highway to the horizon.

Sustenance also came from Guatemalan locals - for Carlos Martinez, a 24-year-old from Santa Barbara, Honduras, the plate of chicken with rice was the first bite to eat he'd had all day.

Most of the migrants on the move on Sunday - by one local government estimate more than 7,000 people - had crossed the border illegally in recent days by swimming or rafting across the Suchiate River, which separates Guatemala from Mexico.

The spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Chris McGrath, told Fox that his agency "deployed teams to the Mexican border with Guatemala where they are working closely with Mexican officials ... so all individuals can be processed and provided with essential services, including access to health services, food, and shelter".

It should be obvious now that the caravan is under the direction of some very savvy people.

They are thought to be people who had been waiting on the bridge over the Suchiate River or in the Guatemalan town of Tecun Uman and who chose to cross during the night.

The throng grew even larger than when the migrants arrived at the border bridge Friday, swelling overnight to 5,000 or so.

"Every time there's a (migrant) caravan there are police sent to the southern border ... but we've never seen anything as dramatic as we're seeing today", said Eunice Rendon, coordinator of migrant advocacy group Agenda Migrante.

Thousands of Hondurans in U.S.-bound migrant caravan head into Mexico
Thousands of Hondurans in U.S.-bound migrant caravan head into Mexico

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

A baby cries as a caravan of migrants trying to reach the United States, wait to apply for asylum in Mexico at a checkpoint in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, October 20, 2018.

On Saturday, Mexican immigration authorities only allowed some 640 migrants through the official border crossing on a bridge spanning the Suchiate River.

The group's decision capped a day in which Mexican authorities again refused mass entry to migrants on the bridge, instead accepting small groups for asylum processing and giving out 45-day visitor permits to some of them.

The Honduran Foreign Ministry said 2,000 migrants have returned, and hundreds more are on their way.

Thousands of Central American migrants fleeing poverty and violence were initially prevented from crossing the bridge.

Meanwhile, with the election just over two weeks away, top Congressional Democrats attempted to shift the conversation toward healthcare, where they perceive an advantage for their message.

Mexico's incoming president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told supporters at a rally Sunday in Chiapas that he would be sending a letter to Trump proposing Mexico, the United States and Canada work together to invest in development in Central America to address poverty. He said he'd do any kind of work. Trump said on Twitter. Thank you Mexico and the leaders of Mexico, thank you.

'We are not criminals, we are workers!'

"They're not coming into this country", he said.

The migrant rights group Pueblos Sin Fronteras also counted thousands of mostly Honduran migrants nearby Cuidad Hidalgo, although the figures did not exactly match.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and his Guatemalan counterpart Jimmy Morales continued Trump's theme after they met in Guatemala to discuss the crisis Saturday.

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