20 October, 2018
What would he do, have our soldiers shoot the would-be immigrants if they don't stop walking forward? Busloads of Mexican federal police were gathering in Ciudad Hidalgo and a Mexican military helicopter flew along the river in anticipation.
"Only God on high can stop us", Escobar said.
Images like this caught Trump's eye Thursday morning, and he started leveling a slew of threats - including cutting off aid to Central American countries and demanding Mexico intervene.
The group chanted: 'We are not smugglers, we are migrants, ' as they reorganized themselves on Friday afternoon.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo prepared to travel later in the day to Panama and then Mexico City, where he was to meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.
Meanwhile, the rafts that normally ferry throngs of people across the river were carrying mostly merchandise and the raft operators said they had been warned by Mexican authorities not to carry people. It is not a solicitation to make any exchange in commodities, securities or other financial instruments.
Denis Contreras, who is fleeing Honduras with his sister and two nieces, told France24 that his nation's people could "no longer endure so much violence", adding that "this is the beginning of an avalanche that is coming". "It's the third time that I'm trying to cross", the 22-year-old Salvadoran said.
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"(Criminals) have infrastructure that is built up already and are put into place inside the caravans", he said.
But at the bridge migrants, who have formed orderly lines, are refusing to board the buses fearing that they will simply be deported.
On Thursday, Mexico's ambassador to Guatemala, Luis Manuel Lopez Moreno, met with migrants camped out on the border to try to discourage them from crossing illegally. The nearest border is about 110 miles (177 km) away.
"We are offering documented entry to those who have a passport and visa, and to those who do not, documented entry via an application for refugee status, on humanitarian grounds".
"One way or another, we will pass", they changed, clambering atop to USA -donated military jeeps parked at the scene as Guatemalan police looked on.
In contrast to the earlier caravan, which moved deeper into the interior of Mexico before officials began intensive efforts to process the migrants, the Mexican government has focused on the new group right on its southern border with Guatemala.
"One way or another, the way Mexico treats the undocumented immigrants from Central America affects Mexico's position in how it can criticize the US government for its treatment of undocumented Mexican immigrants in the United States", Salazar told CNN en Español.
With a homicide rate of 43 per 100,000 citizens, Honduras is one of the most violent countries in the world.