Caravan of 5,000 Hondurans Flock Mexican Border Hoping to Get to the US

A growing parade of Honduran hope to reach the US via Mexico. President Trump has threatened military action.

The Wall Street Journal Photo of the Day shows migrants taking part in a caravan heading to the U.S. near the Mexico-Guatemala border.

Bloomberg reports Migrant Caravan Continues Toward U.S., Even as Trump Threatens Military Intervention.

Fox News reports Migrant caravan grabs for American Dream, as immigrants forge unique challenge for US, Mexico.

The river separating Guatemala and Mexico is the primary crossing point for tens of thousands of Central American immigrants who migrate north each year looking for work and a better life in America. Saturday night, however, when the sun went down, the river banks came alive, with hundreds of young Honduran men breaching the river to the chorus of fellow countrymen cheering them when they reached Mexican soil. Police made no attempt to intervene.

The caravan, numbering anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000, is composed of young, unemployed men, women with children, some families and unaccompanied juveniles. Most are from Honduras.

Mexican officials say some 5,100 to 7,200 migrants registered to stay in the shelters of Cuidad Hidalgo, with another 2,000 chose to camp in the town square. Earlier in the day, the Mexican government estimated 2,000 remained in Guatemala.

Mexico says some 640 asylum claims have been processed since Friday.  Many other immigrants waded across the Suchiate guided by a tow rope or took one of dozens of rafts that ply these waters daily. Mexico said “900” arrived in such “unauthorized means.”

Mexico says it will police its border against rogue caravan members who try to cross illegally, although evidence suggests otherwise.

Mexico fears Central Americans turned away from U.S. ports of entry will overwhelm already stressed food banks and shelters in border cities like Tijuana, Nogales and Juarez, creating immigrant ghettos of crime and desperation, with migrants unable to move north and with no money to return home.

With the midterm election just two weeks away, their trek north could provide a potent political argument for both sides as American voters decide which party can best untangle the immigration knot.

Perfect Timing

If those refugees were looking to aid Republicans in the mid-term elections, their timing was perfect.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (62)
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thimk
thimk

what are we going to do when the caravan numbers swell to 50k or more ? trump could, since he likes to use the national security clauses to invoke executive actions (i.e tariffs), reallocate defense dollars to physical border security.

shamrock
shamrock

Their only legal path to the US is to arrive at the border and seek asylum. Trump is reaping what he sows.

JL1
JL1

Why did Mexico allow local people to give these migrants from Honduras and Guatemala rides over the river for about a dollar in rubber tire rafts?

Mexico should have sent police to confiscate the rafts once they saw the first raft cross the river.

Why did Mexico allow these people to cross the river swimming or with ropes they put across the river?

Mexico should have sent police to arrest everyone crossing the river for immigration violation.

Everyone crossing the river without a visa and without a passport should have been arrested by Mexico and put into an airplane and flown back to the other side of Guatemala or back to Honduras.

Why did Mexico according to news give some of these people 45 day visas which with they can get to US border and claim asylum?

Mexico should have either made these people ask for asylum from Mexico or returned them back to Guatemala or Honduras.

Why did Guatemala NOT send Guatemalan police arrest migrants trying to push into Mexico already on the Guatemalan side?

Why did Guatemala NOT close the broidge from their side thereby avoiding this humanitarian catastrophe on the bridge?

Guatemalan president seems to be incompetent.

Trump should:

1. STOP all development aid to Guatemala and Honduras and El Salvador and Nicaragua immediately until they start controlling their people. Next stop should be cutting all money transfers by Guatemalan and Honduran and El Salvadoran and Nicaraguan people already in USA so NO money whatsoever to Guatemala and Honduras and El Salvador and Nicarague so there is no benefit for the countries to allow their people come to USA.

2. Trump should tell Mexico that unless Mexico stops this Caravan inside Mexico and returns these migrants either back home or keeps them in Mexico and gives them asylum in Mexico then USA will cancel the just negotiated trade treate and cancel NAFTA so Mexican president can explain to Mexican people why he caused an economic catastrophe for Mexico because he wanted to allow migrants use Mexico to get to USA.

This Caravan needs to be stopped BEFORE it gets to USA border because Sessions is an INCOMPETENT attorney general and has NOT stopped accepting ALL asylum requests at the US border and inside USA despite AG having that right according to US law.

France pepper sprays migrants trying to get to France on Italy-France border that try to cross, France REFUSES to take asylum applications at the border, France arrests all migrants that get from Italy to France and returns them back to Italy.

There is NO reason why USA does not act the same way with Mexico. Mexico is a safe country that does not persecute migrants so NOT ONE migrant should be allowed to pass through Mexico and come claim asylum at US border. Either Mexico stops them or Sessions has to start doing his job and use the US law that gives AG the right to stop taking asylum applications at the border and inside US from migrants.

Webej
Webej

Am I supposed to believe this caravan is a spontaneous self-organizing organism. Not reading much about who is organizing the trucks, food, money, and the spontaneous timing.

KidHorn
KidHorn

Because this will help the republicans, I assume this was all funded by Soros. The democrats haven't done anything right for years.

msurkan
msurkan

These migrants are acting completely rationally. Their lives in their native lands is pretty much hopeless, destined to be nothing more than living out a mere existence of subsistence. Why not take a shot of moving to a nation where you could actually have a shot at a real life? Even if migration has a high probability of death it is still worth the risk. What is the point of the mind-numbing useless life in their native lands?

t.m.AMERICA
t.m.AMERICA

you are going to give up your job, bedroom, give these people food, and let them stay there and fix their own problems. its called a revelution. maybe youve heard about it? 1776? USA? it wasnt always here. most people dont know how terrible our government is now. turn a blind eye, to busy watching beyonce and taylor swift, or NFL/NBA rigging their games. If you believe this is good. look at their homelands. the EFFECT of ILLEGAL MIGRATION is SOCIALISM. 8.8 million people have applications to become Americans. What would 8.8 million people swarming our economy, jobs, food, and GOVERNMENT do? i urge you to look up CLIMATE CRON. and the SOCIALIST agenda.

Cecil1
Cecil1

The caravan should be stopped and returned with force. Mexico is actively aiding it. They are no friend.

Why is it moral for brown people to not want to live in a brown country but immoral for white people to not want to live in a brown country?

Africa for Africans, Asia for Asians, White countries for everyone IS White Genocide.

Some basic truths: Access to White people is not a human right

Schaap60
Schaap60

Something needs to be done, that is obvious. The US has the right to police its border and can't reasonably take all comers without a major backlash at home. On the political left, I would have thought the election of Trump would have focused their minds on dealing with this problem or people like Trump will keep winning elections. I've been wrong to this point. Perhaps if Democrats don't do relatively well with Hispanic voters in the mid-terms, they'll realize this issue is a vote loser and will work with the administration to resolve this problem.

I'm not comfortable with some of the rhetoric in the comments here, and am not cold to the desperation of these migrants. For all its problems, I'm very thankful I was born in the US and not Central America. However, there is obviously a limit and the line on immigrants must be drawn somewhere. Perhaps we keep the families together, process the asylum applications, and charge the aid accounts of the countries they are from for all of the costs of their detention, processing, and deportation where appropriate. I'm not sure what else can reasonably be done if Mexico doesn't take any action, but I'm open to alternative solutions.

Aaaal
Aaaal

If you look at the video on Fox News' YT channel, one of them has a six pointed star on it...Hmmm? What ever could that mean? Easier to find the video at the Zionist Report YT channel.

Since Lard Butt Trump is too busy tweeting and stuffing his craw with MickeyD's and not fulfilling his countless unfulfilled promises, perhaps some patriots should go and defend the border.

Ron Cataldi
Ron Cataldi

I would happily hire hard-working latino immigrants over Trump supporters. I've been bidding out a lot of jobs at my place recently and any time a company shows up with any kind of Trump bumper stickers or whatever, they're out of the running. I've even been doing background checks on contractors to weed out Republicans and right wingers. They're afraid of competition from latino immigrants... pathetic. Immigrants are what made America great in the first place.

Cocoa
Cocoa

No matter what Trump does, he will look bad just in time for elections. He either blows a couple of thousand away(tough border) or they get through(weak and indecisive.) The US army should be stocking up on water cannons, sonic guns, heat guns and sound bombs, tear gas to drive the out. OF COURSE THE BEST SOLUTION is to fine any company that hires an illegal alien(if they get through) 40k a person they hire. So no jobs-no reason to show up.

abend237-04
abend237-04

Mexico will suddenly find a way to stop the caravan if we notify them we're about to implement a far more thorough check at border crossings...about 48 hours per vehicle.

awc13
awc13

let them hang out in Mexico as we process their asylum request. of course, we will process these new request right after we process the other 700,000 that are in the system

truthseeker
truthseeker

Mish I think you know what I think, that is this whole thing is going to b a disaster. I think Trump and his people should figure out what is the absolute worst thing that could happen and plan for it! There are an unbelievable number of things that could go wrong. I wonder don’t we surely have agents who speak the language mixed in with the people gathering information about who is taking care of all them. I think we should already have put in place a huge refugee camp on Mexico’s side of the border fully stocked with provisions way beyond food and medicine, sanitation facilities to encourage these people to stop for there own safety rather than make a run to cross the border to paradise which will b into the arms of our border patrol troops of at least.....20,000 to start with. Or maybe we just spray a little tear gas so they’ll turn around and head back home.

gordonc
gordonc

Mexico says it will police its border against rogue caravan members who try to cross illegally.