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.

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

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gordonc
gordonc

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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