More than 2,000 migrants vow to continue their caravan north to the US in defiance of Trump after risking perilous river crossings to Mexico on makeshift rafts while thousands are left stranded on a border bridge

Sunday, October 21, 2018
By Paul Martin

Members of the caravan said Saturday they will aim to get to the city of Tapachula in the morning
Mexican authorities allowed dozens of women and children from a migrant caravan to enter the country
Mexico’s ambassador to Guatemala Luis Manuel Lopez said the women and children would be processed by immigration authorities and taken to a shelter while others waited on the bridge
Some crossed the Suchiate River on makeshift rafts after more than 24 hours on the packed bridge
President Donald Trump, speaking at a rally in Elko, Nevada, suggested the caravan was politically motivated
Caravan originated in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, with about 2,000 people drawn together by social media
More than 300 people stopped at border took up government offer of a bus ride back home to their country

21 October 2018

More than 2,000 Hondurans have vowed to march north towards the United States despite President Donald Trump’s warning to Mexican authorities not to allow migrants to cross its border from Guatemala.

The group said Saturday they will aim to get to the city of Tapachula in the morning after crossing the river to get into Mexico while others waited on a bridge in hope they would be able to register as asylum seekers.

‘We don’t yet know if we will make it to the (US) border, but we are going to keep going as far as we can,’ Rodrigo Abeja said.

Tapachula, 25 miles away, is where Mexico’s ambassador to Guatemala Luis Manuel Lopez said women and children would be taken to a shelter after being processed by immigration authorities.

Dozens of mothers and their youngsters ran forward when immigration officers unchained a gate that had been pinning back migrants at the crossing. ‘I’m happy, happy! At last!’ Gina Paola Montes, 21, shouted as she entered the country.

A whopping 5,100 migrants have been registered in three shelters in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Hidalgo, while another 2,000 had camped out for the night in the town’s central square, said Gerardo Hernandez, head of the local government’s emergency services.

‘It’s really full. You can’t even walk, there’s just so many people,’ he said referring to the plaza. ‘So far, they’re all peaceful, thank God.’

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