Caravan Showdown: Migrants Tear Down Guatemala Border Gate, Rush Towards Mexico

Caravan Showdown: Migrants Tear Down Guatemala Border Gate, Rush Towards Mexico from ZeroHedge

Migrants in a 4,000-strong caravan traveling north from Central America have trampled the Guatemalan border and are currently preparing for a push into Mexico.

Word of the border breach conflicts with earlier reports that the bulk of the caravan, approximately 2,000 – 3,000 people, turned around two blocks from the Mexican border with Guatemala earlier Friday.

They were two blocks from the border line in the Guatemalan town of Tecun Uman when they retreated.  It is not an indicator that they have changed their plans, but demonstrates the obstacles the group is facing. On Thursday and Friday, the group clashed with police in the town and fought with them as Mexican man who was supporting the march was arrested.

They are now making their way towards a bridge which traverses the Suchiate River. One migrant said: ‘One way or another, we will pass.’  –Daily Mail

Thursday evening, US and Mexican officials agreed on a plan to handle the appropaching caravan, according to Fox News.

Under the deal, which was developed over the course of several months, Mexico requested that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) establish shelters along its southern border with Central America, the official said. –Fox News

“Just today, the Mexican government, and this is a very important step, requested the intervention of the U.N., the Office of the High Commissioner on Refugees, to help Mexico review any asylum claims from the members of the caravan,” Gutierrez said. “That will allow us to have a process by which in our border we will make sure that of serving human rights, respecting international law, if there are legitimate claims to refugee, those can be processed in a very clear way.”

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