Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Migrants reject offer to stay in Mexico

Migrants reject offer to stay in Mexico

The migrants are walking towards the U.S. despite threats from President Donald Trump to employ the military to prevent them from entering.

Several migrants, gathered by the capital's "Savior of the World" statue before leaving, said they were headed to the United States.

The death was reported by Guatemalan firefighters and was believed to have occurred during a violent clash after migrants had reportedly broken through a gate on the Mexican side of the border.

At a news conference late Sunday, Mexican Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete Prida denied that his country's forces were responsible.

Guatemala's government said in a statement that it regrets that the migrants didn't take the opportunity of dialogue and instead threw stones and glass bottles at police.

Lenny embraces her son Steven, 1, while bathing after walking with a Central American caravan of migrants in Tapanatepec, Mexico.

Last week, The Washington Post reported that Mr Trump was considering a plan to use emergency powers to shut the USA border to Central American migrants.

A Mexican official said Sunday that the group is seeking entry via Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico.

Mexican television showed a migration officer telling Hondurans behind the metal gate that they needed to follow "legal procedures" to enter the country in a "calm and safe way".

Mexican immigration officials in the video urge the men to bring families to the front of the line and present their requests for transit in an orderly manner.

The group, made up mostly of men, has been inspired by the much larger Honduran caravan already in Mexico and striving to reach the US.

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Police commissioner Benjamin Grajeda said that authorities only blocked the highway Saturday to tell people about the offer.

Migrants, who are part of a caravan of Central Americans trying to reach the USA border, bathe and wash clothes in the Novillero River in Tapanatepec, Mexico, today. Mexico has offered them asylum if they remain in the southern states of Chiapas and Oaxaca.

TAPANATEPEC, Mexico Thousands of Central American migrants took a break today on their caravan's long journey through southern Mexico while vowing to press ahead toward the US border roughly 1,000 miles away.

At the same time, about 300 Salvadorans departed from San Salvador hoping to make their way to the U.S.as a group. Only about 200 in that smaller group made it to the border.

It's unclear who organized the new group.

The caravan still must travel 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) to reach the nearest U.S. border crossing at McAllen, Texas.

On Friday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis authorized the use of troops and other military resources at the U.S. -Mexico border.

Eduardo Grajales, a Red Cross volunteer in Arriaga, Mexico, attending to migrants on Friday night, said the worst case his colleagues had seen that day was of a baby so badly sunburned from the tropical heat, he had to be hospitalized.

According to Raul Medina Melendez, security chief for the Tapanatepec municipality, one of the men responsible for food distribution used a megaphone to call the migrants to behave and wait their turn. "Finally people got really angry and those below began to attack the guy", Medina said.

'Anytime there's a rumor everyone is going to run to beat up someone?' Police rescued the man as he was being beaten and took him to a hospital for treatment, though his condition was not immediately clear.

Meanwhile, some of the migrants in the initial caravan, now estimated at 4,000 people, rested Sunday in the shade of tarps strung across the town plaza or picked up trash in Tapanatepec, population 7,500.

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