Mexico offers temporary residency for some migrants

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She said about 70 percent of all migrants experience violence in one form or another.

The migrants are fleeing their country due to poverty and crime.

The administration of US President Donald Trump is to dispatch 800 or more active-duty troops to the border with Mexico as a caravan of thousands of migrants makes its way north.

"I'll come back to you When we have it finalized the details of the rules that the troops will be under". "And I feel more protected".

Several thousand Central American migrants have turned down a chance to apply for refugee status and obtain a Mexican offer of benefits, vowing to set out before dawn Saturday to continue their long trek toward the USA border.

The group is approximately 1,000 miles from the United States and is expected to reach the southern border within weeks.

There's a possibility some members will split off and try to make their own way to the US-Mexico border.

President Trump has firmly stated that migrants will not be allowed to enter the country illegally, and hundreds of US troops are set to make their way to the southern border to help Homeland Security and National Guard troops deal with the caravan.

The addition of 800 or more active duty troops, if approved, as expected, by Mattis, is in response to a request from the Department of Homeland Security, which manages the Border Patrol, a US official said.

The caravans that have been taken out this year have angered the USA president. Pena Nieto said the plan "is only for those who fulfil Mexican laws" and is a first step toward permanent refuge status.

The Mexican government's offer Friday of temporary residence and other benefits apparently didn't entice many caravan participants.

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When she got home from school, she grabbed some change from her piggybank. "It was well received", said Seann Childs. She started walking up and down the lineup.

"Thank-you" they yelled, adding: "No, we're heading north".

The caravan of migrants is about 1,000 miles away but dwindling in size.

They were headed to the town of Pijijiapan, some on trucks but most making the seven hour trek on foot.

Police let the caravan proceed after representatives from Mexico's National Human Rights Commission persuaded them that a rural stretch of the highway without shade, toilets or water was no place for migrants to entertain an offer of asylum.

Some fear they will be deported if they take advantage of the program.

Not long after the caravan resumed its advance Saturday, government officials lent them a hand. And almost 500 more Hondurans have voluntarily agreed to return to their home country, Mexican officials said.

Forced to leave Honduras in a hurry after her husband, a bus driver, was warned by gang members he would be killed if he didn't agree to transport drugs on his vehicle, the family had no money to pay a smuggler.

Some hurled insults at the man with the megaphone, then they attacked him, Medina said. "If you don't have money you get food, be able to continue".

Nielsen said she even has received reports from governments in the region that kidnappings have occurred as part of efforts to exploit USA immigration law. It was unclear as of Friday if any of the USA forces would be armed.

"What we do know is that terrorists have highlighted for many years the loopholes in our border security", she said.