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Standoff overnight at Mexico’s southern border as migrant caravan of thousands tries to reach US

According to reports, several persons were injured, including migrants, police and journalists.

"We are going to reach the United States", Erasmo Duarte, a migrant from Danli, Honduras, told The Associated Press. Outside Tapachula, about 500 black-uniformed officers briefly gathered along the highway on buses and in patrol units, but they said their orders were to maintain traffic and not to stop the caravan. Easily 3,000 people or more the previous day, the crowd on the bridge thinned out noticeably.

In Honduras, protests have been held in support of the migrants in the capital city, Tegucigalpa.

Mexican authorities have also said that federal and Chiapas state authorities were also providing assistance, like food, medicine, and medical treatment, as well as legal counselling.

"There is no work back home", he said.

Mexican authorities on Thursday had managed to block the "caravan" of migrants on a border bridge between Mexico and Guatemala, but many later entered via a river separating the two countries.

The combined efforts of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and the US were not enough to deter thousands of migrants who broke through barricades or swam into Mexico over the weekend, defying their home government's calls for them to return and America's warnings that their journey is futile.

Mexican authorities said those with valid passports and visas would be allowed in immediately, though this was believed to apply to only a minority of the migrants. Some migrants collapsed, coughing or weeping, according to video from the scene.

Others migrants remain stranded at the border in an attempt to legally enter Mexico. In addition to those who crossed the river, immigration agents processed migrants in small groups and then bused them to an open-air, metal-roof fairground in Tapachula, where the Red Cross set up small blue tents on the concrete floor.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said more than 5,000 migrants had entered Guatemala from Honduras, but that some 2,000 had since returned home.

On Friday, they began letting them through in a trickle - first women and children, who were ushered onto trucks and taken to shelters. But he was happy to help.

"In this way we confront the phenomenon of migration, because he who leaves his town does not leave for pleasure but out of necessity", said Lopez Obrador, who takes office December 1.

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The crowd stretched all the way to the horizon.

Over the weekend hundreds of the Hondurans who had already traveled hundreds of kilometers mainly on foot were met with Mexico riot police at the border.

The Mexican authorities had attempted to stop them at a border bridge between Mexico and Guatemala.

Cruz was among the many who appeared willing to accept any kind of migratory relief Mexico might offer.

"They're not coming into this country", Trump said at the rally.

"I just want to find some food and a place to sleep", he said, explaining he joined the caravan last week with five family members and a group of friends from the violent city of San Pedro Sula.

U.S. President Donald Trump is again hammering the Democratic Party over a mass caravan of Honduran migrants that has resumed its northward march through Mexico.

"Full efforts are being made to stop the onslaught of illegal aliens from crossing our Southern Border", he tweeted Sunday.

US officials - and President Trump - warned the marchers when they started the march earlier this month in Honduras.

"We don't yet know if we will make it to the (U.S.) border, but we are going to keep going as far as we can", said Rodrigo Abeja, one of the migrants' leaders, adding that they would strike out Sunday morning for the city of Tapachula. "Change the immigration laws NOW!" he tweeted.

That plan would create a number of legal entanglements, though the president's suggestion of a military option served to underscore his frustration with the situation and the lack of tools the USA has to counter determined migrants willing to make the trip and prepared to demand asylum, whether deserving or not.

The US President has pointed to the caravan as a key issue in the upcoming elections, and has used it to attack Democrats, saying - without evidence - they wanted the caravan to arrive before Election Day so the migrants would vote for Democrats.

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