Migrants swim across Guatemala river on journey to US

Migrants swim across Guatemala river on journey to US

Round 2,000 Central American migrants are trying to enter the US, regardless of Mexican efforts to cease them on the border.

The convoy of migrants gave up making an attempt to enter Mexico legally as a result of the asylum software course of was too sluggish and circumvented police at a border bridge.
They swam and rafted throughout the river from Guatemala earlier than deciding to reform their mass caravan and proceed their journey in the direction of the US.
Their numbers swelled to round 5,000 and on Sunday they started strolling in the direction of the Mexican city of Tapachula.
An unidentified police officer stated there have been no orders to dam the caravan.
He stated police “had been simply ensuring they move safely after which we’ll steer them” to a migrants shelter exterior the town centre of Tapachula, about 32km (20 miles) northwest of the border.

It was not instantly clear the place the extra travellers had materialised from since about 2,000 gathered on the Mexican aspect on Saturday night time.
They’re considered individuals who had been ready on the bridge over the Suchiate River or within the Guatemalan city of Tecun Uman and who determined to cross in the course of the night time.
At daybreak there have been nonetheless an estimated 1,500 migrants on the Guatemalan aspect hoping to enter Mexico legally.
They marched on by way of Mexico shouting slogans like “Si se pudo” or “Sure, we may!”

As they handed by way of Mexican villages on the outskirts of the town of Ciudad Hidalgo, they drew applause, cheers and donations of meals and clothes from Mexicans.

Regardless of warnings to show again this week from US President Donald Trump, one migrant, Erasmo Duarte, from Honduras, stated earlier than the journey: “We’re going to attain the USA.”

Mr Trump threatened to deploy troopers to the border with Mexico and shut it off to cease the “giant caravans” coming to America.
He has sought to make the border safety with Mexico a marketing campaign situation round two weeks earlier than midterm elections. His promise to construct a wall alongside the border was additionally one among his key insurance policies throughout his election marketing campaign.
On Friday he informed reporters these travelling to the US en masse weren’t “little angels” however “hardened criminals”.

He stated: “I do not need them in our nation. And neither does our nation need them in our nation.”
As a navy helicopter circled overhead, migrants who stated they had been fleeing a poisonous mixture of violence, poverty andcorruption in Central America puzzled if police would search to show the caravan again.
Authorities handed out numbers for folks to be processed in a method seen earlier than at US border posts when coping with giant numbers of migrants.
However many grew to become impatient earlier than circumventing the border gate and swarming throughout the river on rafts or swimming in full view of lots of of Mexican police manning the blockade on the bridge.

They weren’t detained on reaching the Mexican financial institution.
“We could not wait as a result of we had already waited too lengthy they usually solely informed us lies,” stated Mr Duarte, who joined the caravan along with his spouse and youngsters six days in the past.

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