Thousands of migrants pack bridge at Guatemala-Mexico border

Mother in caravan Trump has to receive

Mother in caravan Trump has to receive

It's not immediately clear if Mexican authorities plan again to try to stop the march, which has swelled to some 5,000 people.

It's unclear exactly how many migrants were allowed to legally cross the border into Mexico, where they were taken to shelters to rest.

Some 5,000 Central American migrants traveling in the caravan left the border at Ciudad Hidalgo at dawn.

They marched on through Mexico like a rag tag army of the poor, shouting triumphantly slogans like "Si se pudo!" or "Yes, we could!" Others, meanwhile, waded into the Suchiate River or took rafts to get to Mexico.

"Without a doubt, we have a lot to do so that our people can have opportunities in their communities", he said. "We have to sleep on the sidewalk, and tomorrow wake up and keep walking".

The leaders of all three countries have come under intense pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump, who for days has warned that the caravan must be stopped.

Mexico's Interior Department said in a statement that federal and Chiapas state authorities were providing assistance to migrants, including legal counseling for those who applied for asylum.

No one will stop us, only God. The Mexican authorities accepted small groups for asylum processing and handed out 45-day visitor permits to others, reports the Associated Press.

The president said last week that if necessary, he'd call in the USA military to stop the thousands of migrants attempting to gain illegal entry into the country. Most had circumvented Mexican immigration officials and crossed the Suchiate river from Guatemala on rafts or by swimming. Some paid locals the equivalent of $1.25 to ferry them across the muddy waters.

Honduran migrants continue their way to the city of Tapachula, a journey bound to their goal: the United States.

"The girl suffered greatly because of all the people crowded" on the bridge, Bueso said.

"I'm looking for a better future for my children".

Members of the caravan, exhausted from the hours-long trek on foot from the Guatemalan border, mostly ignored police offers to board buses heading to a migrant shelter because of suspicions they might be deported instead.

Such caravans have usually numbered in the hundreds and have passed unnoticed.

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Mexico's Government has said throughout the past week that it would register the migrants and process requests for asylum.

At least half a dozen migrants fainted in the crush. They were rafted to safety in on the Mexican bank.

But during a caravan last spring, many migrants who had been working and living at the Guatemala-Mexico border chose to join the caravan when it passed because it was safer to travel together.

Sustenance also came from Guatemalan locals - for Carlos Martinez, a 24-year-old from Santa Barbara, Honduras, the plate of chicken with rice was the first bite to eat he'd had all day.

Seeking to maintain order after a chaotic Friday in which thousands rushed across the border bridge only to be halted by a phalanx of officers in riot gear, authorities began handing out numbers for people to be processed in a strategy seen before at US border posts when large numbers of migrants show up there.

An aerial shot shows thousands of Honduran migrants marching from Guatemala to Mexico on Friday where they were met with riot police (shown bottom right) who threw tear gas at them and resisted them before agreeing to let them pass in, women and children first, before putting them on buses.

Juan Carlos Mercado, 20, from Santa Barbara, Honduras, says corruption and a lack of jobs in Honduras has stymied him.

Meanwhile, with the election just over two weeks away, top Congressional Democrats attempted to shift the conversation toward healthcare, where they perceive an advantage for their message. He said he'd do any kind of work.

Trump also thanked Mexico for its efforts in stopping the caravan of migrants. "I hope they continue".

He thanked Mexico for blocking the caravan's progress.

'We are not criminals, we are workers!'

James tells NPR that people at the border say they'll do whatever is asked of them, as long as they aren't send back to Honduras.

"Please let us in, we want to work!" they entreated agents at the main gate.

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