About 2,000 Central American migrants who circumvented Mexican police at a border bridge and swam, forded and floated across the river from Guatemala made a decision to re-form their mass caravan Saturday and continue their trek northward toward the United States. The Mexican authorities accepted small groups for asylum processing and handed out 45-day visitor permits to others, reports the Associated Press.
The migrants hope to enter Mexico and cross the country to reach the United States.
Hundreds of Central American migrants scrambled over a bridge wall and jumped into a river below as they battled to get past authorities stopping them at the Guatemala-Mexico border.
He added: "In addition to stopping all payments to these countries, which seem to have nearly no control over their population, I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught - and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!" "I have faith that one way or another, I'm going to cross" the border, said Wilson Chacon, originally from Copan in the west of Honduras.
The number of migrants swelled to about 5,000 as more people continue to join the group that stretches for about a mile. They were not detained by the authorities upon crossing the border.
While Mexican men travelling without relatives once made up the bulk of the migrants, Guatemalans and other Central Americans travelling in families or as unaccompanied minors are now the norm.
A Mexican official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the country had the capacity to process around 200 people a day.
Organizers of the caravan said a section of the crowd had confronted the police and spoiled what had been an orderly attempt to cross into Mexico.
"Mexico maintains its willingness to support migrants who decide to enter our country while respecting our laws", he said.
Cruz, 20, said she was going to ask for political asylum because of threats and repression she faced back in Honduras from President Juan Orlando Hernandez's governing party.
He left home looking for work, he said, and was ultimately bound for either Mexico or the USA - wherever he could land a job.
"The journey has been very tough, very hard but there's no work in Honduras", said 20-year-old Glenda Salvador, a mother of two toddlers and one of the multitude of Hondurans gathering in a Tecun Uman park close to the bridge crossing from Guatemala to Mexico.
The head of Mexico's federal police says that they have achieved their first objective of preventing a violent breach of the border by some 3,000 migrants trying to enter from Guatemala.
He also warned the migrants that they should turn back.
The women and children had spent the night on the bridge where hundreds slept in the open, as well as in the main square of the Guatemalan border town of Tecun Uman.
"We'll continue this operation for as long as is necessary", Hernandez said in a post on Twitter.
An unidentified police officer said there were no orders to block the caravan.
"So as of this moment, I thank Mexico", Trump said Friday at an event in Scottsdale, Ariz. I call on the United States and Mexico to help us, because I am not a woman who needs handouts.
"They're not coming into this country, " Trump added.
The caravan of mainly Honduran migrants had surged through a series of police lines and barricades up to the final fence on Mexico's southern border on Friday.