Mexico Opens Border for Women, Children From Migrant Caravan

Cheryl Sanders
October 21, 2018

Thousands of migrants travelling in a mass caravan have burst through a Guatemalan border fence and streamed towards Mexican territory, defying Mexican authorities' entreaties for an orderly crossing and US President Donald Trump's threats of retaliation.

Yesterday, the migrants made it to the Guatemala- Mexico Border.

Also Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met in Mexico City with his Mexican counterpart, Luis Videgaray, with the caravan high on their agenda.

Many immigrants have expressed the opinion that they would rather be killed traveling to the USA than be forced to return to Honduras, a society in total collapse.

Others returned to the Guatemalan side late Friday, where shelters have been providing them with food and water. Pompeo thanked Mexico for its efforts to address the migrant flow, including calling in the United Nations for assistance.

Guatemala also deployed hundreds of police on the eve of the arrival of over 1,600 Honduran migrants who are heading to the an attempt to flee the rampant violence and poverty that affects Honduras and other Central American countries.

Migrants who want to apply for refuge in Mexico were welcome to do so, they said, but any who decide to cross illegally and are caught will be detained and deported.

A Honduran migrant, part of a caravan trying to reach the US, cries after others stormed a border checkpoint in Guatemala, in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, Oct. 19, 2018.

The president appears to agree, promising to deploy the military if the caravan makes it to the USA border.

President Trump is using the migrant caravan as a weapon to bash the Democrats.

Emigrants from those states now make up the bulk of migrants caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally every year.

Trump has already seen some progress with his threat to end foreign aid.

According to a Kaiser Foundation poll, immigration is the most important issue for 15 percent of all voters, though the number jumps to 25 percent among Republican voters.

Mr Trump is returning to familiar territory by renewing his case for a wall on the southern USA border, a main theme of his 2016 presidential victory, even though... I said look we have lousy laws. He said this week that Mexico would offer jobs to Central Americans.

Where is the caravan now?

At the very front of the migrant caravan, some managed to break through the final barrier fence into Mexico before being forced back by police.

What will happen to the people?

"I'm going back because I've had enough, and this might be my only chance to go back safely, guarded by policemen", said 17-year-old Byron Espina from Copán. The gated entry into Mexico via the bridge has been closed. They might as well turn back.

Waving Honduran flags and carrying umbrellas to protect against the sun, the migrants arrived earlier at the Guatemalan side of the muddy Suchiate River that divides the country from Mexico, noisily demanding they be let in. Honduras, for example, suffers from a homicide rate of 43 per 100,000 citizens.

Who and what is behind the Honduran exodus is not fully clear.

Even with additional border security personnel, it is unlikely that Mexico could detain the thousands of migrants who appear likely to cross into the country in the coming days. They killed my husband, they stabbed him, disfigured him. "But it becomes much harder when President Trump makes this a political issue in which he bashes Mexico". I have four children, two in Honduras and two that I brought with me. Trump made a similar vow over another large migrant caravan in April, but didn't follow through and it largely petered out in Mexico.

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