Oct. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen flatly told a group of Central American migrants moving north not to come to the United States. Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Nielsen said there was a "crisis on the border" with U.S. officials apprehending 1,500 to 1,700 migrants a day outside of those associated with the caravan, asserting those making their way toward the border won't be allowed in the United States. "My general message to this caravan is: Do not come. You will not be allowed in. There is a right way to emigrate to the United States and this is not it," she said. Nielsen added the U.S. is working with Mexican authorities to turn back those attempting to enter the United States illegally. RELATED Gen. Dunford: U.S. considering sending logistical support to border "They have taken unprecedented efforts within their territory to ensure an orderly flow and that those who have no legal right to be there are removed," she said. In response to reports that … [Read more...] about Homeland Security’s Nielsen to caravan: ‘Do not come’ to U.S.
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Near Tapachula, Mexico (CNN)Crowds of migrants resumed their long journey north on Sunday from the Mexican border city of Ciudad Hidalgo, according to Mexican federal police officers. The caravan was headed for Tapachula, a city about 37 kilometers (23 miles) north of the Mexico-Guatemala border, the officers told CNN. There were about 10 buses awaiting migrants along the highway between Tapachula and Ciudad Hidalgo and the drivers had been instructed to carry the migrants to shelters in Tapachula, the officers said. It was unclear how many of the group were from the migrant caravan and how many were Mexicans who joined the march. One migrant, a 20-year-old Honduran named William, told CNN he crossed into Mexico via a float that carried him across the muddy Suchiate River on Saturday. A 20-year-old named William said he left Honduras looking for work. He left home looking for work, he said, and was ultimately bound for either Mexico or the United States, wherever he could … [Read more...] about Migrant caravan resumes march north from Mexico-Guatemala border
Tapachula, Mexico (CNN)Honduran migrants in a massive caravan surged across a bridge leading to Mexico on Friday before they were halted in a chaotic confrontation with a phalanx of Mexican police in riot gear. Chanting and cheering migrants pushed through or climbed over a steel gate until police threw tear gas and smoke canisters and pushed the migrants back. Video showed coughing and weeping migrants collapsed on the bridge. Several police and an undetermined number of migrants were injured. As night fell, thousands of migrants remained packed together and exposed to the elements on the Suchiate River bridge connecting Tecun Uman, Guatemala, and Tapachula, Mexico, according to CNN crews on the ground. An aerial view shows the migrant caravan waiting on the Guatemala-Mexico international bridge in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas state, Mexico. As the migrants formed into lines, Mexican authorities allowed a trickle of them, starting with women and children, to pass through gates … [Read more...] about Migrant caravan clashes with Mexican police, waits on bridge at Guatemalan-Mexican border
Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico (CNN)Thousands of Central American migrants fleeing poverty and violence packed a bridge connecting Guatemala and Mexico in sweltering heat Saturday as part of a politically charged, US-bound caravan. At least one migrant, from Honduras, was killed after falling from a vehicle, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez told reporters after meeting with his Guatemalan counterpart. "What we have seen in recent days is without precedent," he said. At one point Saturday, several dozen migrants on the desperate trek north sang the Honduran national anthem on the edge of the muddy Suchiate River between Tecun Uman, Guatemala, and Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico. Central American migrants used a rope to get across part of Suchiate River. Others, including a middle-aged woman and her three children, lowered themselves from the bridge on a ladder and climbed onto a makeshift raft that delivered them to Mexico as federal police officers watched nearby. Read More … [Read more...] about Thousands in a migrant caravan wait to cross the Guatemalan-Mexican border amid sweltering heat
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump claimed that up to 15,000 US troops could be sent to the border to deal with the group of approximately 3,500 migrants heading toward the US through Mexico. The migrants, who are more than 800 miles away from the US, are weeks away from arriving at the border, where many reportedly plan to follow legal procedures and seek asylum. "As far as the caravan is concerned our military is out, we have about 5,000-8 (thousand), we'll go up to anywhere between 10 (thousand) and 15,000 military personnel on top of border patrol, ICE and everybody else on the border," Trump told reporters Wednesday. The Pentagon has already announced 5,200 active duty troops are being sent to the border and has identified an additional 2,000 that could go. There are currently 2,100 National Guardsmen on duty at the border and an additional 2,000 could be called upon to go if needed. Shortly after Trump spoke, the Pentagon released a statement saying "The number of troops … [Read more...] about Trump says up to 15,000 troops could go to the border