CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico – About 2,000 Central American migrants who circumvented the Mexican police at a border bridge and swam, forded and floated across the river from Guatemala decided on Saturday to re-form their mass caravan and continue their trek towards the United
Gathered at a park in the border city of Ciudad Hidalgo, the migrants voted by a show of hands and then marched to the bridge to see them.
"Let's all walk together! "and" Yes, we can! "they cried, defending their recent warnings from President Trump to turn back. 6.
Mexico has been sent to a chaotic state on a Friday in which thousands rush across the bridge, only to be stopped by a phalanx of officers in riot gear.
But despite the fact that they are still in a state of emergency, they are still in a state of flux to Mexican soil with relative ease by crossing the Searchiate River, which demarcates the notoriously porous border.
"We are going to keep going as far."
They swam and roped off the equivalent of $ 1.25 to ferry them across the muddy waters as we can "and hope to make it to the United States border, said Rodrigo Abeja, one of the migrants' leaders, adding that on Sunday morning they would head for Tapachula, Mexico.
Easily 3,000 people were on the bridge on Friday, but the crowd had thinned out significantly by Saturday. In addition to those who crossed the river, immigration agents processed migrants into small groups and then busied them to open-air, metal-roofed fairground at Tapachula, where the Red Cross set up small blue tents on the concrete floor.
"Please let us in, we want to work!" They urged agents at the main gate.
Each time a small side gate is opened to allow people to pass, there is a crush of bodies as soon as migrants desperately pushed forward.
Scarleth Cruz hoisted a crying, sweat-soaked baby above the crowd, saying, "This girl is suffocating."
Ms. Cruz, 20, said it was going to ask for political asylum because of threats and repression she faced in Honduras from President Juan Orlando Hernandez's governing party.
Mexico's Interior Department said in a statement that it had received 640 refugee requests by Hondurans at the border crossing.
At least a dozen migrants fainted.
Some doors open on the Guatemala side of the bridge and two young children, maybe 6 or 7 years old and about 40 feet below.
Mexican workers handed over food and bottled water to the migrants on the bridge, and help came from Guatemala locals. For Carlos Martínez, 24, of Santa Barbara, Honduras, the plate of chicken with rice had the first meal.
"It is a blessing that they have given us food," Mr. Martínez said.
Migrants cited widespread poverty and violence in Honduras, which has one of the world's highest homicide rates, as their grounds for joining the caravan.
"One can not live back there," said Fidelina Vasquez, who was traveling with her daughter and two-year-old grandson.
Héctor Aguilar, 49, a former sales manager who had been driving a taxi in Honduras to feed his four
"On Thursdays I paid the 18th street aisle, and on Saturdays the MS-13," Mr. Aguilar said. "Three hundred lempiras per day" – about $ 12.50, a significant amount in low-wage Honduras.
"I thank Mexico," Mr. Trump said at Friday's event in Scottsdale, Ariz. He added, "They're not coming into this country."
On Saturday's State Department spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, said, "The Mexican government is still engaged in finding a solution that encourages safe haven, secure and orderly migration, and both continue to work . "
Presidents Hernandez of Honduras and Jimmy Morales of Guatemala held an emergency meeting on Saturday at a Guatemalan air base. They said about 5,400 migrants had entered Guatemala since the caravan was announced one week ago, and that about 2,000 Hondurans had returned voluntarily.
Thousands of migrants were sleeping – or trying to – outdoors under tarps and what blankets were available.  Despite the chill and uncomfortable conditions, José Yáñez, a 25-year-old farmer, was determined to press onward, saying the $ 6 a day he made home
"From here," Mr Yáñez said, "there's no going back."