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'Caravan' of United States migrants swells to 5,000

23 October 2018, 01:05 | Tara Lloyd

A father and his child were caught up as migrants stormed the border gateUESLEI MARCELINO REUTERS

A father and his child were caught up as migrants stormed the border gate

During an interview with Raymond Arroyo on the Laura Ingraham Show, Buchanan said the migrant caravan headed to the U.S. -Mexico border is an opportunity for Trump ahead of the 2018 midterm elections to show that he has the willpower to stop mass immigration at America's borders.

The throng is now marching toward the Mexican town of Tapachula, "10 abreast in a line stretching approximately a mile", the Associated Press reported.

It was not immediately clear where the additional travellers had materialised from since about 2,000 gathered on the Mexican side on Saturday night.

Earlier on October 20, the presidents of Honduras and Guatemala said around 2,500 migrants were repatriated to their respective countries.

Hundreds of migrants have reportedly applied for refugee status in Mexico in Ciudad Hidalgo.

The US president, Donald Trump, reacted on Twitter, saying that "people have to apply for asylum in Mexico first, and if they fail to do that, the USA will turn them away".

On Saturday, Mexican authorities opened the border for women and children on the overcrowded bridge, taking them to a shelter in the city of Tapachula, about 40 kilometers from Ciudad Hidalgo.

"One of my companions went to look for some plastic", she said.

Caravan members say they are fleeing gang violence at home and looking for jobs in the USA - neither of which has traditionally been enough reason to win asylum on its own.

With Mexico unable to stop a caravan headed to the USA from Guatemala, the group is burgeoning in size.

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"On Thursdays I paid the 18th Street gang, and on Saturdays the MS-13", Aguilar said. He observed officials stopping migrants from crossing the bridge that stretches over the Suchiate River, which is the legal crossing into Mexico.

No one will stop us, only God.

Trump also repeated: "I will seal off the border before (the migrants) come into this country, and I'll bring out our military, not our reserves".

But many became impatient, and circumventing the border gate, swarmed across the river on rafts, swimming or wading in full view of the hundreds of Mexican police manning the blockade on the bridge.

"We have had people who have ankle or shoulder injuries, from falls during the trip, and even though we have offered to take them somewhere where they can get better care, they have refused, because they fear they'll be detained and deported", Garcia said.

The Mexican Interior Ministry said on Saturday that 640 Honduran migrants have requested refuge in Mexico.

Among the throngs hiking into the center of the city was Roger Pineda, a 16-year-old Honduran.

"The girl suffered greatly because of all the people crowded" on the bridge, Bueso said. "There are risks that we must take for the good of our children".

Trump's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated that policy in a statement late Sunday, saying the administration is closely following the progress of the caravan and accusing the migrants of violating the sovereignty, laws and procedures of the countries they are traveling through.

A large number of families are still being held back by border crossings.

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At least half a dozen migrants fainted in the crush.

At the border bridge, a Guatemalan firefighter was pictured carrying a sick young boy. They were rafted to safety in on the Mexican bank. Some Mexican residents along the road cheered for the group or handed out bananas, tortillas and water.

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. "It gives me courage to keep waiting, as long as I can".

The caravan of mainly Honduran migrants had surged through a series of police lines and barricades up to the final fence on Mexico's southern border on Friday.

Numerous bedraggled travelers of the swollen caravan appeared determined to keep moving, saying they are fleeing a toxic mix of violence, poverty and endemic corruption and would not turn back.

He added that planes would be used to fly children back home. He said he'd do any kind of work.

Aerial view of Honduran migrants heading in a caravan to the U.S., on the road linking Ciudad Hidalgo and Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico. Trump said on Twitter. "I hope they continue".

'We are not criminals, we are workers!'

"They're not coming into this country", Trump added.

However, the vast majority have opted to wait on the bridge over the Suchiate River where Mexican authorities insisted they would have to file asylum claims one at a time in order to enter the country.

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"We fully support the efforts of Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, as they seek to address this critical situation and ensure a safer and more secure region".



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