GUATEMALA-MEXICO BORDER – About 1,000 Central American migrants in the latest caravan have begun the transition from Guatemala to Mexico, a Mexican immigration official on the border between the two countries told Fox News Thursday night.
A new process initiated by Mexico means that migrants have to wait five days for their documents to be processed before entering the country. The new system should keep things neat after the last caravan overthrew the border across the Suchiate River in the Guatemalan border town of Tecun Uman.
Migrants arriving at the border on Thursday received identification bracelets and were sent to a Mexican immigration office.
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So far, there have been no visible confrontations, such as the fighting in which another center's arrival took place in October, when migrants attempted to penetrate closed gates and ranks of the riot police, causing the authorities to fire pepper spray. However, some Caravan members have told Fox News that they do not trust the Mexican government, and may try to cross the border crossings again.
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Julia Escalon, 43, from the Honduran town of San Pedro Sula, was resting in the shade of a tree on the Guatemalan side, cradling her two-year-old daughter in her arms. Escalon brought a total of four daughters on the journey.
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. "In San Pedro, we do not have a place where we can not live to rent a place," Escalon told The Associated Press. "I will fulfill my dream and come to the United States."
That may not be easy. The border town of Tijuana was infused by the first caravan in November and tested the patience of the city's inhabitants. The new Mexican government has now agreed to accept migrants from third countries while their asylum applications are being negotiated in the United States.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.