Clashes, violence as thousands of migrants storm Mexico border

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 20, 2018

Late on Thursday, Trump retweeted a video of Mexican federal police arriving at the Guatemalan border and wrote: "Thank you Mexico, we look forward to working with you!"

On Friday, Scalise, who survived a politically-motivated shooting in 2017, said "it's obvious" Trump was not "encouraging his supporters to engage in attacks" during his Thursday night rally.

They blame the Trump administration for backing the Honduran government, and accuse the U.S. president of scapegoating migrants and refugees. Some hope to eventually enter the United States to escape violence and poverty.

The migrants hope to enter Mexico and cross the country to reach the United States.

His successor, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, takes office December 1. "It's very important to have a relationship of friendship".

Multiple migrants, federal police and journalists were wounded as the crowd hurled rocks and other objects at the security cordon on the Mexican side, an AFP correspondent said.

Mexican authorities prepared to receive the migrants and determine who would get refugee status and who will be deported back to their country.

"Walking this road is a way to ask governments to help us", said one woman participating in the journey.

Mexico's ambassador to Washington, Geronimo Gutierrez, told Fox News that seven migrants had already made requests to receive refugee status in Mexico.

Mr. Pompeo said he and Mr. Videgaray spoke of the importance of stopping the caravan before it reaches the USA border.

"Finally, the government of Mexico reiterates its commitments with the worldwide community's efforts in favor of safe, orderly and regular migration; and with the human rights of migrants". Mexico's next foreign minister said he was not surprised by Mr Trump's comments, but did not elaborate. The nearest border is about 110 miles (177 km) away. One migrant said: 'One way or another, we will pass'.

He called on Mexico to ensure the migrants do not reach the USA border while threatening Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador with financial penalties.

Illegal immigration is likely to be a top issue in November 6 US congressional elections and Trump said migrants in the caravan were being used by his political opponents.

Gaetz also suggested that right-wing bogeyman George Soros was paying this group to "storm the United States border".

Dozens of Arizona National Guard members were among those deployed to the border.

The threat came in a series of angry tweets about immigration in which he also warned that he could stop funding to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and again falsely accused Democrats of wanting "open borders" and "weak laws".

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