The Mexican government warned Wednesday that Central American migrants are moving north in a caravan to avoid imprisonment and deportation to their home countries, a move that follows President Trump Donald John TrumpFive takeaway from Cruz , O & Rourke debate showdown Arpaio sues lawsuit against New York Times The IMF's Christine Lagarde delays the voyage to the Middle East MORE warns that he could stop helping if the caravan is not stopped.
In a joint statement, the foreign ministers and the Interior remained close to closing the southern border of the country to the Hondurans, while it became clear that Mexico will enforce its immigration laws.
"In accordance with applicable national legislation, any person who enters the country irregularly will be rescued and placed under administrative and, where appropriate, safe and orderly return to their country of origin," the statement said.
About 3,000 Honduran nationals who came to Guatemala from Honduras on Monday traveled with the declared intention of seeking asylum in the United States. According to a report by NBC News, the caravan has now grown to over 4,000 people.
Mexico used an additional 500 federal police to monitor the border with Guatemala before the arrival of the caravan.
Mexico's move is the last In a series of actions by regional governments to separate themselves from the caravan, after Trump has tweeted on Tuesday that he informed Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, "When the Great Caravan of Honduras will return no money or help to Honduras with immediate effect! "
The Guatemalan authorities arrested the organizer of the caravan, Bartolo Fuentes, who is also a Honduran legislator.
The Honduran authorities issued a statement calling for "the Hondurans who participated in this irregular mobilization not to be used by a clearly political movement," Reuters reported.
And a senior Trump government official told The White House newspaper on Wednesday "this caravan did not happen organically."
However, Mexico's response has been tempered by instructions for migrants on how to legally enter and seek asylum "in accordance with a migration policy that respects human rights. Human rights of all migrants and international humanitarian law, recognizes the right of free movement of persons and each individual's right to seek refugee status. "
Mexican authorities have stated that incoming Central American migrants may enter the country officially if they have visas or if they intend to apply for asylum.
The Mexican authorities said all incoming refugees and asylum seekers would stay in migration stations for up to 90 days while their claims are being processed. However, the southern border of Mexico is porous and thousands of Central American migrants cross them legally or illegally without being stopped by Mexican authorities.
According to a Washington Post report on crossing Mexico, a record number of Central American families crossed the US-Mexico border in September.
The increase in family transitions over the year is largely due to increased emigration from Guatemala, and to a lesser extent from Honduras, according to figures released monthly by Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
CBP published official figures for border fears in September.
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"On the news in Guatemala, they say that you can get a work permit if you are" in a family when you come with your child, and that you are fired, "said Henry Lucero, Phoenix field engineer for US Immigration and Customs, in an interview with Dr. KTAR's US radio station on Monday
Adam Isacson, a Central American security expert in the Washington office for Latin America, told The Hill in an email that it will push much more But Isacson added that even human smugglers play a role in social media and community radio babbling that the Trump government is at family divisions on the Mexico-Mexico border and Mexico only lays down a temporary reprieve.
"[It’s] It's unclear how much of this is a sense of family separation, but something Hardli It could come soon, so we're in between raids, "wrote Isacson.