Pres. Trump Tells Migrant Caravan To Turn Around And Go Home

The caravan of Honduran migrants in Mapastepec Mexico 25 October 2018 heading towards the municipality of Pijijiapan during its journey through Mexico to the USA

"Thank you!" they yelled as they rejected the offer in a show of hands, before adding: "No, we're heading north!"

The 34-year-old left his home in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, and travelled into Guatemala and then Mexico with the initial wave of migrants and refugees, dubbed a migrant caravan. "Our goal is to make it to the (U.S)". "We don't want any more prison cities where migrant people are confined without freedom of movement".

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen took a hard line Thursday against the thousands of Central Americans headed toward the United States - but she acknowledged that legal loopholes make it hard for her to back up those words.

The group said women religious have accompanied such groups in the past and would continue to do so and welcome them.

Migrants, who are part of a caravan of Central American migrants slowly makes its way toward the US border, rest on the rails in Arriaga, Mexico, Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.

Mexican police closed the highway the caravan has traversed in recent days, but said they'd reopen it now that they have made the asylum proposal.

Estimates vary significantly on the group's size, which has morphed as some migrants return home and newcomers join.

The proposal seemed designed at least in part to demonstrate to Washington that Mexico City was doing something to stop the northbound caravan, which President Donald Trump has labeled a "national emergency" and repeatedly used as a campaign issue before congressional elections November 6.

For Jenifer Ramirez, travelling with her 5-month-old daughter in her arms as her husband and two other children, 3 and 5, trudged alongside them, the caravan was a stroke of good fortune.

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A banner hanging over a bridge on the migrants' path read: "Your hearts are fearless, don't give up".

The migrants are walking towards the USA despite threats from President Donald Trump to employ the military to prevent them from entering.

On Thursday night, thousands of people took refuge under small tents or teepees made from garbage bags in Pijijiapan's town square. Others soaked themselves in the nearby Novillero river.

As a migrant caravan from Honduras appeared to be picking up increased numbers of people as it reached southern Mexico, U.S. President Donald Trump expressed alarm in a series of tweets and threatened to cut off aid to Central America.

US law permits foreigners who are fleeing persecution in their native countries to apply for asylum on USA soil. This year's congressional spending bill specifically states that border construction must use the same kind of fencing previous administrations had used. USA officials have said that up to 1,000 troops may be sent to the southern border to prevent the migrants from crossing.

"We do not have any intention right now to shoot at people", Nielsen told Fox News.

"We're going to the United States".

A group of around 1,500 Hondurans were being held back by police from the global bridge that separates the Guatemalan town of Tecun Uman from the Mexican city of Ciudad Hidalgo. They will not be allowed to stay.

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