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Migrant caravan: Thousands are waiting to cross the Guatemalan-Mexican border among swirling heat

At least one Honduras migrant was killed after falling from a vehicle. Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez told reporters after…

At least one Honduras migrant was killed after falling from a vehicle. Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez told reporters after meeting his Guatemalan counterpart.

“What we have seen in recent days is without precedent” said.

On one occasion Saturday, several dozen sang migrants in the desperate trek north of Honduras national anthem on the edge of the muddy Suchiate River between Tecun Uman, Guatemala and Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico.

Others, including one middle-aged woman and her three children, dropped from the bridge on a ladder and climbed on a temporary rafting that delivered them to Mexico as federal police looked nearby.

Exhausted immigrants watered over Suchiate, who held his possessions over the high chest. Rafts moved others to Mexico.

A group of men who helped the migrants across the river chanted “Say see puede” in Spanish, or “Yes you can.” Sometimes young men jumped from the bridge to the river as spectators cheered.

Once in Mexico, the migrants rested on a nearby warehouse which turned into a shelter where they received food, water and medical care.

 Migrants gathered on a shelter in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico.

Their journey continued one day after robbery caravans rushed past gate gates to be stopped by lines of Mexican riot police that spread tear gas and smoke containers into the masses.

The long procession north has caused President Donald Trump to threaten to reduce aid to Central American nations and to send troops to the United States border on Mexico fail to stop the surplus.

After US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior officials met in the Mexican capital the night before, Prime Minister Talent Heather Nauert said that Mexico was “fully committed to finding a solution that encourages safe, secure and orderly migration.” [19659002] At a rally in Elko, Nevada, Trump attacked Democrats, suggesting they want more caravans. He called the migrating situation “sad from both sides”.

On the border between Mexico and Guatemala, the members of the caravan seemed insignificant of rhetoric from Washington.

 Honduras immigrants are waiting for a port on a bridge connecting Mexico and Guatemala in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico.

“Our message is that we are not criminals,” said Honduras migrant Orlean Herrera. “We come here because we need a better life. That’s why we are here.”

Another man shouted: “Donald Trump is the Antichrist.”

On Saturday morning the bridge broke over men, women, teens and children. Some fainted from the heat.

The Mexican authorities that started Friday made me a trickle of migrants, who started with women and children, passing through gates near the bridge to Tapachula where they boarded buses for refugee camps.

 A Honduras migrant looks like a port on a bridge connecting Mexico and Guatemala in Tecun Uman, Guatemala.

Others, chanting and cheering, pushed through or climbed over a steel gate Friday until the riot police refused them with tear gas and smoke containers. Video showed cough and crying immigrants collapsed on the bridge. Several police officers and an indefinite number of immigrants were injured.

It was unclear how many immigrants would cross the border and how long that process would take. The Mexican authorities have said that they would allow migrants to enter the country if they have valid visas or meet other requirements.

 An aerial view shows the walking caravan waiting for the international bridge Guatemala Mexico in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas state, Mexico.

The carriage was formed last Saturday in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and arrived on Monday in Guatemala. Migrants told CNN an Español that they were bound to the United States, seeking work and escalating political corruption and violence.

Leaders throughout the region have publicly called on them for days to return.

Pompeo: “This is an Organized Effort”

Four Mexican police were injured in the standoff at the Mexican border, Pompeo said on Friday.

Speaking to reporters on an asphalt in Mexico, where he had met with the caravan and other questions, the Pompeo caravan accused of using women and children “as shields as they go through”. [19659002] “This is an organized effort to break through and violate Mexico’s sovereignty,” said Pompeo.

Pompeo said he had a “good conversation” with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto and that the two countries jointly focus on the caravan problem, but “the Mexican government makes all the decisions on how to deal with this.”

Peña Nieto called the confrontation a “unique incident” and said that immigrants did not follow the protocols introduced by Mexican migrant workers. He added that some immigrants “attacked and even injured” a number of untreated members of the Mexican police before they could contain the violence.

“Mexico does not allow anyone to enter their territory in an irregular manner and much less a violent way,” he said on Friday night in a video clip released on Twitter.

Peña Nieto said Mexican officials should continue welcoming those traveling with a migrating caravan despite Friday’s event.

Trump, who has criticized the caravan with fiery tweets all week, repeated his thursday on Friday that if Mexico does not stop the migrants, he will take more drastic action. [19659002] “If that does not work, we’ll call the military, not the guard, we’ll call the military, and we’ll get the military stationed,” said Trump.

Trump has also threatened to cut aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador .

View of the bridge

The members of the caravan gathered on Friday morning in the border town of Tecun Uman. They were waiting to swell heat – with temperatures in the middle a v 80’s and 70% humidity – in hours for others to arrive, packing streets for blocks at the end.

They flowed through gates on the Guatemala side of the border around noon Friday, cheers and chanting as they marched. Celebratory air horns blared as they headed towards the port of Mexico at the entrance.

When they reached a padlock fence near the Mexican side of the bridge, the vast number of immigrants got them to break through.

The Mexican police drove them back. Hundreds of Mexican federal police sealed the border as drones and helicopters hover over the crowd.

At least a dozen migrants jumped into the river.

Some of the migrants on the bridge said they joined the caravan because they were desperate for work and had no other choice.

Mexican officials have said that asylum seekers will be treated at the southernmost of Mexico. But it’s unclear what’s next.

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Will they reach the US border?

The Mexican authorities have not said if anyone from the caravan will be allowed to travel to the United States borders.

They have previously explained how they planned to respond to the group, stating:

• Anyone with valid visa can enter and move freely.

Those who wish to be recognized as refugees or as recipients of “complementary protection” must do it individually. Those who do it will be held “at a relocation station” for as many as 45 business days.

• The one who comes “irregularly” will be “saved and subject to a management procedure and, if necessary, returned to his country of origin in a safe and orderly manner.”

The Mexican authorities have also said they are praying for assistance from the UN Refugee Commissioner to treat immigrants seeking refugee status.

 A caravan of migrants approaches Mexico's border. Will the authorities put them back?

In the spring, when another caravan of Central American migrants crossed to Mexico, allowing such a policy to make it to the border with the United States. [19659002] The latest caravan arrives weeks before mid-election elections in the United States, where many Republican candidates have echoed the president’s message to increase border security and crack down on illegal immigration.

Trump has pointed to the caravan as an important issue in the upcoming election, describing the group’s strategy as an attack on the US border. Immigrant rights advocates have accused their administration of trying to create a crisis to motivate their voters.

Honduras and Guatemalan leader talks

Hernandez met on Saturday in Guatemala with his counterpart Jimmy Morales at work Hernandez also requested permission from Guatemala to send civil protection personnel to help Honduras immigrants in Guatemala on Friday, according to several services on his official Twitter account.

In addition, Hernandez requested permission to “rent land transports for those who want to return, even air-raising special cases of women, children, elderly and ill,” he said and thanked the Government of Guatemala for “all attention is given to our Honduran brothers.”

CNNs Bill Weir and Evelio Contreras reported from Tapachula, Mexico and CNN, a España’s Michelle Mend oza reported from Tecun Uman, Guatemala. CNN’s Ray Sanchez reported and wrote from New York. CNN’s Patrick Oppmann, Catherine E. Shoichet, Jennifer Hansler, Betsy Klein and Julian Quinones also contributed to this report.

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