Growing caravan of migrants pushes deeper into Mexico

Honduran migrants heading in a caravan to the US help a man holding a child get down to the Suchiate River from the Guatemala Mexico international border bridge in Ciudad Hidalgo Chiapas state Mexico

Thousands of migrants, mostly Honduran, massed late on Sunday in the Mexican city of Tapachula near the Guatemalan border, local police said. As President Trump has stated, consistent with US law, the United States will not allow illegal immigrants to enter or remain in the United States.

He apparently sees the caravan as a winning issue for Republicans a little over two weeks ahead of midterm elections.

Migration is just as controversial in Mexico, where President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he will ask Mr. Trump to pony up more money to try to build Central American society and create jobs in Mexico, hoping to stem the flow of people to the U.S.

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Numerous travellers say that by keeping together in such a large group, also known as a caravan, is a way to keep safe.

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The migrant caravan heading to the United States from Central America entered Mexico on October 21, and has been moving northward as thousands more migrants have joined the group on their journey.

"A senior counterterrorism official tells me, when I asked about this tweet from @POTUS, 'we do not see any evidence that ISIS or other Sunni terrorist groups are trying to infiltrate the southern USA border, '" she tweeted. Notwithstanding the hardships of their home nations, the migrants have shown a willingness to ignore and even flaunt the rule of law in their attempts to reach the U.S.

"IOM reports that large numbers of people are arriving in Mexico today and are likely to remain in the country for an extended period", United Nations deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said, urging that they be treated with "respect and dignity".

Caravan members say they are fleeing gang violence at home and looking for jobs in the USA - neither of which has traditionally been enough reason to win asylum on its own.

Many migrants headed through Mexico use routes that take them up from the southern border through Mexico City, ultimately arriving at Nogales, Ariz., or El Paso, according to research by the Dallas Morning News.

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What's next: A caravan leader, David Lopez, says the group will likely remain in Tapachula for a few days as members decide whether to continue the march to the U.S. border, per the Wall Street Journal.

Twenty-eight-year-old Carlos Leonidas Garcia Urbina from Tocoa, Honduras, says he was cutting the grass in his father's yard when he heard about the caravan.

He said Monday all of those involved are from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. "And as far as I know there are no terrorists in these four countries, at least beyond the corrupt governments".

However, historically the party that holds the White House loses Congressional seats in a president's first mid-term election, said McDaniel, but the numbers for Republicans are "looking better and better". As many as 5,000 migrants were reported to have massed in the Mexican city of Tapachula by Sunday evening, some 3,800 kilometers (2,400 miles) from the USA border.

Some huddled under a metal roof in the city's main plaza.

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Police in riot gear shadowed the caravan's arrival along a southern highway but did not impede the migrants' journey.

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