Migrant Caravan Continues Towards US Despite Mexico Jobs Offer

Pentagon to send 'several hundred' troops to US-Mexico border, says official

The Trump administration is planning to dispatch 800 or more active duty troops to the southern border at the direction of a president who has sought to transform fears about immigration into electoral gains in the midterms as a caravan of thousands of migrants makes its way through Mexico.

As a group from Central America heads to the border between the US and Mexico, the Trump administration is said to be getting ready to send troops to meet them and Catholic groups are asking that the migrants be treated humanely.

US President Donald Trump had urged Mexico to prevent the caravan from reaching the border.

A caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America, en route to the United States, makes its way to San Pedro Tapanatepec from Arriaga, Mexico October 27, 2018.

The caravan still has some 1,800 miles (3,000 kilometers) to travel before reaching the United States border, a journey expected to take around six weeks. "It's a full wall system", she said in Calexico, Calif., when asked about whether the 30-foot tall barrier made of steel bollards was actually just a fence.

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.

Coto said he knows the Mexican government is pressuring the migrants and refugees to stay in the country, but he hopes the caravan will continue its journey towards the US.

Stoking fears about the caravan and illegal immigration to rally his Republican base, the president has insinuated that gang members and "Middle Easterners" are mixed in the group, though he later acknowledged there was no proof of that.

"I always say, it's my fault".




"There are people fainting, there are wounded", said Martin Rojas, an agent of Grupo Beta who spoke to The Associated Press after dropping off a group of women and children in Tapanatepec after spotting them on a highway trudging through temperatures approaching 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius).

The Department of Homeland Security earlier reported that a large migrant caravan is on its way towards the U.S., crossing through Mexico.

UNICEF says some of the estimated 2,300 children traveling with the migrant caravan in southern Mexico are ill or suffering from dehydration.

Mujica said the caravan would be on the move again Saturday at 3 a.m. toward Zanatepec, about 37 miles (60 kilometers) away in Oaxaca state.

Asked whether the administration was seeking to ban certain people from entering the country or sealing the southern border completely, Nielsen said "everything is on the table".

Hundreds more migrants pushed for entry into Mexico at the Guatemala border.

Mujica accused immigration officials of trying to scare them.

Pena Nieto announced the launch of what's called the "You are at home" plan Friday in address directed at migrants. The second is to register at the National Institute of migration.

At a church in Arriaga that opened its grounds to women and children Friday, Ana Griselda Hernandez, 44, of Mapala, Honduras said she and two friends traveling with children had made a decision to pay for a bus ride from Pijijiapan, because the 4-year-old and 5-year-old would have never covered the 60-mile distance.

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