Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has authorized the use of troops and other military resources at the U.S. -Mexico border, U.S. officials said on Friday, bolstering President Donald Trump's battle against migrants trekking toward the United States.
The migrant caravan says it's determined to reach the US border, where they hope President Trump will have a "change of heart" and allow its several thousand members to seek refuge and asylum in the United States.
Police boarded buses and headed further down the highway, while migrants cheered and vowed to trek all the way to the US border despite fierce opposition from President Donald Trump.
Police line up for a temporary blockade of a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America, en route to the United States, making its way to San Pedro Tapanatepec from Arriaga, Mexico, on October 27, 2018.
The migrants are still 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) from the nearest U.S. border crossing at McAllen, Texas.
Migrants, who are part of a caravan of Central Americans trying to reach the USA border, bathe and wash clothes in the Novillero River in Tapanatepec, Mexico, today.
Mexican authorities say they've begun processing asylum requests for more than 2,700 Central Americans who arrived with this caravan.
The caravans that have been taken out this year have angered the United States president.
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A large caravan that crossed Mexico in the spring - and also drew ire from President Trump - took more than 30 days to reach Tijuana from Tapachula, Mexico - a city this caravan departed on Monday.
At border crossings in Texas, asylum seekers camp at the midpoints of bridges connecting the two countries, waiting for days for U.S. border inspectors to say their turn has come. "Today, Mexico lends you a hand", he said.
The caravan still has 1,000 miles to go if they go through the McAllen, Texas point of entry.
The wall celebrated Friday replaces shorter, older fencing installed in the 1990s that was now out of date and operationally inadequate, Nielsen said. Many members have been travelling for more than two weeks.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach raised the issue of the caravan in his campaign for state governor, suggesting that lax state immigration policies were helping to lure them north.
It's still too soon to know exactly where along the vast US-Mexico border the bulk of this caravan will travel.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said that migrants wishing to obtain temporary identification documents, jobs or education for their children could do so by registering for asylum in southern Mexico. The ministry said pregnant women, children and the elderly were among those who had joined the program and were now being attended at shelters.
There's a possibility some members will split off and try to make their own way to the US-Mexico border. He also harshly criticized the Democrats for standing in the way of effectively updating immigration laws.