Central Americans migrants stuck at the Mexico border | AFP

Migrants from Honduras and Salvador are stuck near the Suchiate river, a natural border between Mexico and Guatemala. Hundreds of them were pushed back yesterday with tear gas by the Mexican national guards.

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Migrants wade across river, crossing into Mexico from Guatemala | AFP

A spectacular sight in Guatemala as hundreds of Central Americans fill the river that divides Guatemala and Mexico. IMAGES

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The migrant “2020 caravan” tries to storm into Mexico | AFP

Hundreds of Central Americans from a new migrant caravan try to force their way into Mexico by crossing the river that divides the country from Guatemala. IMAGES

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Fear spreads on Mexican border with new US policy

Asylum-seekers gathered in Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Texas, grappled to understand what a new U.S. policy that all but eliminates refugee claims by Central Americans and many others meant for their bids to find a better life in America amid a chaos of rumors, confusion and fear. (July 18)

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Migrants arrested in Arizona after crossing border

(18 Jan 2019) The U.S. Border Patrol says a group of 376 Central Americans, nearly all from Guatemala, were arrested Monday after they used seven short holes dug under a border barrier to cross into Arizona. (Jan. 18)

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Tijuana Residents Don’t Want The Migrant Caravan In Tijuana (HBO)

The desperate and seemingly unstoppable journey of about three thousand migrants from Central America heading towards the United States has finally reached Tijuana, the final stop before the U.S. border. But the goodwill that migrants encountered on their long journey north from people offering rides and meals is now greeted with a chillier reception.

Instead, those arriving in the border city earlier this week were greeted by hundreds of Tijuana residents protesting their presence with angry chants of “Mexico First!”

Protest organizers echoed language used by U.S. President Donald Trump. “Mexico has always opened its doors to Central Americans to legal and organized migration but not to the illegal invasion that’s currently taking place,” said organizer Jesus Eduardo Burgos Gomez.

At one point during the protest, a group of residents tried to rush one of the shelters housing migrants but Mexican police in riot gear held them back.

“There’s too many people,” said protester Josefina Arangure. “We won’t be able to control it. A lot of people are going to stay and get jobs, others are just going to commit crimes.”

Protesters say they’re worried that this new wave of asylum seekers will overwhelm a city that has already dealt with its share of refugees from previous migrant caravans and from Haitians fleeing the devastation of the 2016 earthquake.

While the vast majority of those in the caravan say their ultimate goal is to get to the United States, U.S. border inspectors under the Trump Administration have only been processing about 100 claims a day at the Tijuana crossing. In the meantime, another thousand Central American migrants are expected to arrive in the next few days.

“They’re coming here with an American dream that doesn’t exist,” said Aranguer. “So unfortunately these people are going to stay here.”

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Anti-immigrant protesters in Mexico try to reach migrant shelter

About 200 anti-immigrant protesters in the Mexican border city of Tijuana are blocked by police from reaching a migrant shelter, as thousands of Central Americans have arrived in the city in the past few days hoping to reach the United States. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES

Migrant caravan groups arrive at US border

(15 Nov 2018) Migrants in a caravan of Central Americans have arrived by the hundreds in Tijuana, just south of San Diego. Many say they will seek asylum in the US. (Nov. 15)

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Drone footage of migrant caravan as seen from above

(2 Nov 2018) Drone footage shows from above some of the several thousand Central Americans, mostly Hondurans, that have been trekking in a caravan through southern Mexico with hopes of reaching the United States. (Nov. 2)

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Migrants in Mexico intent on reaching US, despite Trump

President Donald Trump says the United States will start cutting aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador as a caravan of thousands of mostly Honduran migrants rolls on regardless toward the US border. The United Nations says more than 7,000 people were now heading toward the United States, as more migrants joined the original group, including some Central Americans who were already in Mexico.

Mexico Is Copying The U.S.’s Immigrant Crackdown On Their Southern Border And It’s Not Working (HBO)

Ever since a caravan of Central American migrants started heading north from Southern Mexico in early April, Presiden​t Trump has used the occasion to accuse the Mexican government​ of doing nothing to prevent migrants from reaching the United States.

But that isn’t true. In the summer of 2014, when record numbers of Central American children and families were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Obama administration pressured Mexico to stop the migrant flow closer to the source: At its own southern border with Guatemala.

Mexico readily complied, deploying unprecedented numbers of immigration agents, police, and military to shut down migrant routes, primarily in the southernmost state of Chiapas. By some measures, the so-called Southern Border Program was successful: In its first two years, immigration arrests in Mexico shot up by 85 percent, according to an analysis by the Washington Office on Latin America.

But four years later, it’s clear that the Southern Border Program has created more problems than it’s solved.

The migrant crisis is far from over, and will continue as long as intense violence, poverty, and political instability push Central Americans to flee their home countries. Instead, the crackdown has pushed migrants onto more remote and dangerous routes, where they’re vulnerable to predatory criminals who rob them — or much worse.

​Those migrants who are apprehended often wind up stuck for months in southern Mexico while they await for their cases to be processed. Many apply for asylum in Mexico, but even they, in many cases, want papers only so they can continue their journeys north undisturbed.

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Sessions to Send Prosecutors, Judges to Border

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Wednesday the Department of Justice will send more prosecutors to the southern border, days after a caravan of Central Americans traveled through Mexico to the US border to seek asylum. (May 2)

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Caravan of Asylum Seekers Reaches US Border

A caravan of Central Americans that has traveled through Mexico in protest of US immigration laws reached the US-border on Sunday, staging a demonstration at a border fence on the beach in Tijuana, Mexico. (April 29)

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