Migrant caravan masses on Guatemala-Mexico border awaiting confrontation with Mexican police

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President Trump threatened Thursday to summon the military to close the U.S. -Mexico border and upend a trade deal, expressing mounting frustration with a large caravan of migrants from Honduras making its way toward the United States.

At times Mexico has stepped up its immigration patrols along the border, but it has had more success patrolling the roads leading away from the crossing where migrants catch rides or walk along the roadside. "They came in droves from Guatemala and Honduras through the Mexican border and for years Uncle Sam rolled out the welcome mat offering housing, food, medical treatment and a free education".

In a series of raging tweets, the United States president urged Mexico to "stop this onslaught" and prevent the would-be immigrants from entering the US. Some climbed atop the gate and the USA -donated jeeps as they clamoured to be allowed to pass.

Judicial Watch said terrorists can easily slip undetected into the caravan because minors are not properly vetted despite the fact many in Guatemala and Honduras have turned to criminal gangs committing violent crimes.

The much talked about caravan of Central American migrants has been forced to turn around at the Mexico-Guatemala border.

Orellana says "the economy in Honduras is awful, there is nothing there".

The first members of the group began arriving in Tecun Uman on buses and trucks early Thursday, but the bulk of the caravan sloshed into town on foot in a downpour late in the afternoon and into the evening. Others could opt for the rafts that ferry people - and historically migrants - daily across the river.

As the sun rose, a military helicopter flew along the Mexican side of the river foreshadowing the difficulties they could face.

Mexico's main reaction has been to step up security on its southern border with Guatemala. When asked why he wants to jump, one 16-year-old said, "there are no jobs here".

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Adding to pressure on Mexico, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Mexico City to discuss bilateral issues Friday with his Mexican counterparts.

Typically, when a person manages to sneak into the United States through Mexico - regardless of whether they were from Mexico or some point farther south - they're detained and housed in the United States until their case is decided. Numerous migrants may chose to stay in countries along the route, though the Mexican government is already preparing a response.

Trump has made it clear to Mexico that he is monitoring its response.

A caravan of 3,000 migrants is moving north through Central America and toward the US southern border - on a collision course with the midterm elections, as yet another factor that could sway voters.

Our southern neighbors have increased their federal police presence at the border with Guatemala by 500 additional officers.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to close the U.S. -Mexico border if Mexico does not stop the migrants.

"Mexico is in favor of legal, safe and orderly migration", he noted. "This is not just a group of people who happen to wander together into a big group", he said.

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