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Migrant caravan to rest following report of abducted child

Migrant caravan to rest following report of abducted child

The Pentagon is sending 800 or more additional troops to the Southwest border in response to President Donald Trump's vow to use the military to block a caravan of Central American immigrants from entering the United States, a USA official said.

The migrants, who have said they are seeking refugee status, are walking through southern Mexico by foot and remain more than 1,000 miles from the US border, according to The Associated Press.

Police boarded buses and headed further down the highway, while migrants cheered and vowed to trek all the way to the US border despite fierce opposition from President Donald Trump.

Migrants walk along the road after Mexico's federal police briefly blocked the highway in an attempt to stop a thousands-strong caravan of Central American migrants from advancing, outside the town of Arriaga, Chiapas State, Mexico, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.

An estimated 1,700 migrants who were part of the caravan requested asylum after crossing the border into Mexico. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to provide details that have not yet been publicly announced, said the troops will not be involved in detaining migrants.

Alden Rivera, the Honduran ambassador to Mexico, told Mexican radio on Friday that the caravan could reach Mexico City by next Friday.

The possibility of executive action to lock out any migrants in the caravan and the likely positioning of more soldiers at the United States border with Mexico could energize Trump supporters at the ballot box. The trip could be twice as long if the 4,000 or so migrants head for the Tijuana-San Diego frontier, as another caravan did earlier this year.

"If not, I'll stay", he said. Those who were on the caravan wanted to keep moving forward until a vote was taken and it was decided that they would stop for the day.

The Minister of internal security of the United States Kirsten Nielsen commented on the proposal of the President of the Mexican migrants.

'Our destiny is to get to the border, ' said Orellana, who left three children behind in San Pedro Sula.

Guatemalan riot police fired tear gas at the migrants who, desperate to continue their northward trek toward the U.S. border, responded by hurling stones and sticks. But it says global law clearly states any person whose life may be in danger has the right to seek asylum and benefit from worldwide protection.

A coordinator of the caravan said they would strike out again before dawn for Tapanatepec, about 29 miles (46 kilometers) away across the Oaxaca state line.

Nielsen said she even has received reports from governments in the region that kidnappings have occurred as part of efforts to exploit US immigration law.

Mexico's Interior Ministry said that temporary identity numbers have been issued to 111 migrants under the "You are home" program.

Trump wrote on Twitter. Only about 200 in that group made it to the border.

The Franciscan Action Network also defended the group of migrants and called on the general public to "separate fact from fiction".

The Hope Border Institute of El Paso, Texas, published information October 26 about the group being referred to as a "caravan", which it says numbers between 3,000 and 7,000 people and, of those, about 2,000 are youth and children.


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