A local official in southern Mexico says a disturbance broke out at the encampment of Central American migrants trying to make their way through southern Mexico toward the U.S.
A caravan of thousands of Central American migrants is now making its way through southern Mexico, however Mexican authorities said Friday they had prevented a separate, smaller group from advancing.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto launched a program Friday dubbed "You are home", which promises shelter, medical attention, schooling and jobs to Central Americans who agree to stay in the southern Mexico states of Chiapas or Oaxaca, far from the USA border.
The caravan still must travel 1,000 miles to reach the nearest US border crossing at McAllen, Texas, and the trip could be twice as long if the group of some 4,000 migrants heads for the Tijuana-San Diego frontier, as another caravan did earlier this year. But as she laid out a tarp and blanket to sleep in a covered parking area in Tapanatepec, the 26-year-old from Tegucigalpa, Honduras said she'd prefer to start a new life further north.
On Sunday, several in the caravan took to microphones to denounce the attack.
US President Donald Trump has taken a hard line toward the first caravan, threatening to deploy Army troops along the border to prevent entry and saying he will significantly cut economic aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador in reprisal for their inability to halt the caravans.
Mexico's interior minister said Sunday that temporary identity numbers had been issued to more than 300 migrants, which would allow them to stay and work in Mexico.
Lenny embraces her son Steven, 1, while bathing after walking with a Central American caravan of migrants in Tapanatepec, Mexico, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.
"We've thought about going before, but now we finally have the opportunity", said 18-year-old Dalila Abigail Landaverde, who is traveling with her partner and their 3-year-old daughter, Tatiana. "Here in this truck right now you can get help", he said. Some fear they will be deported if they take advantage of the program.
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Orbelina Orellana said she and her husband were determined to continue north as well.
Mexican officials appear to be taking a discordant approach to the group by greeting travelers with a mixture of hospitality and hostility.
A Honduran man was killed in clashes between a group of migrants and police at the border between Mexico and Guatemala.
The Trump administration is reportedly weighing an executive order that could block Central Americans from claiming asylum once they reach the US border. The trip could be twice as long if the migrants head for the Tijuana-San Diego frontier, as another caravan did earlier this year.
Cesar Quinonez is a volunteer firefighter in Tecun Uman and he told The Associated Press by phone that several Guatemalan police officers and migrants were injured as the group kicked and pushed its way through the gate on the Guatemalan side of the border.
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Orbelina Orellana, a migrant from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, said she and her husband left three children behind and had chose to continue north one way or another.