Chaos erupts as caravan reaches Mexico border


On Thursday, the Mexican government asked the United Nations Refugee Agency for help in assisting migrants filing for refugee protection at the border, as Mr. Trump threatened to deploy the USA military and close the southern US border with Mexico if it doesn't stop what he described as an "onslaught" of migrants. The countries' leaders have been notified that their aid will be cut if they do nothing to stop the heavy flow of migrants to the United States, he added.

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Barely a week goes by without Trump warning about the danger posed by ultra-violent Central American gangs like MS-13, while chants of "build the wall" are a staple element of his pre-midterms campaign rallies.

Shortly afterwards, Guatemala's government tweeted that Mr Hernandez would meet Mr Morales today in Guatemala City to implement a strategy for returning the Honduran migrants.

Many were travelling with a single change of clothes and little money.

Juan Escobar, 24, said he had heard about Trump's comments but said they would not dissuade the migrants from continuing their journey.

Elsewhere along the border, migrants were reported to be crossing the river on makeshift rafts and using ropes to tow themselves safely to shore.

In recent days Mexican authorities have made a point of showing they were stepping up security near the country's southern border. Those who do so will be held "at a migratory station" for up to 45 business days.

Mexico's government has sought assistance from the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to help process migrants claiming refugee status, which could help it to disperse the caravan.

Those fleeing Honduras say they are doing so because of the chronic violence in the country.

The migrant caravan reached the Guatemala-Mexico border on Thursday, overwhelming the border town of Tecun Uman's shelters and forcing hundreds to sleep in the town's central plaza, in the pouring rain. A complicated mix of pressures are weighing on Mexican officials as they decide how to handle the matter. Those seeking asylum or some other form of protection can request it but must wait in a migration centre for up to 45 days, officials said, and those who try to enter illegally will be detained and deported.

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Mexico has rushed to contain the situation.

Even the recently renegotiated North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Mexico, the United States and Canada, which is now known as USMCA, could be under threat, Trump said. Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border.

If Trump pulls out of the trade deal or closes the border, there would be major economic implications for both countries.

Migrants exhausted of waiting to cross into Mexico, climb a border bridge fence to jump into the Suchiate River, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018.

The U.S. -Mexico border between Tijuana and San Diego is the world's busiest land border crossing.

It's also about Mexican emigrants living overseas, many of whom are undocumented.

However, although President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said he is confident that agreement with the U.S. can be reached, the Mexican government has denied that a deal has been done.

The exhausted travelers are mostly from Honduras, but migrants from other Central American countries have joined the caravan.

"We're going to get in!" Obrador is scheduled to take office on December 1, 2018.

"If that doesn't work out, we're calling up the military, not the guard, we are calling up the military and we're going to have the military stationed there, not coming into this country".