After US President Donald Trump made several threats to cut foreign aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador if they did not halt the migration caravan, he applauded Mexico for sending troops to the border.
A caravan of 3,000 migrants is moving north through Central America and toward the US southern border - on a collision course with the midterm elections, as yet another factor that could sway voters. "Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border", Trump wrote, referring to the newest trade deal known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
The much talked about caravan of Central American migrants has been forced to turn around at the Mexico-Guatemala border.
The Pentagon has authorized up to 4,000 National Guard troops to support the border mission.
Trump, who ran in 2016 promising to tighten U.S. immigration laws end the inflow of people entering the country illegally, has called for cutting off foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador if they do not stop the migrants.
Illegal immigration is likely to be a top issue in November 6 US congressional elections.
The group of Central American migrants has made its intentions clear: they are heading to the US.
"The journey has been very tough, very hard but there's no work in Honduras", said 20-year-old Glenda Salvador, a mother of two toddlers and one of the multitude of Hondurans gathering in a Tecun Uman park close to the bridge crossing from Guatemala to Mexico.
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"It's a very hard situation for the Mexican government", says Ana Maria Salazar, a former Pentagon official who's now a security analyst in Mexico City.
The group, consisting mostly of Honduran migrants, is making its way through Guatemala and hopes to continue northward through Mexico. Trump has since thanked Mexico which has moved to step up security at its border with Guatemala.
It was explaining the options to migrants and helping those who chose to apply for refugee status to navigate the lengthy process.
Honduran migrants, part of a caravan trying to reach the USA, line up to enter a migrant shelter in Guatemala City, Guatemala October 17, 2018.
Last year, the United States gave Honduras some £138.92million ($181m) in aid to finance security, anti-drug trafficking and poverty reduction programmes, according to the Washington Office for Latin America.
"Honestly, I want to get to the states to contribute to that country, to do any kind of work, picking up garbage", he said.
Trump has long touted a need for increased border security, warning criminals and drugs were regularly pouring across the southern border.
"It was predictable, and it's also very close to the election".
From the south border with Guatemala to the north border with the United States, AFP met during 24 hours migrants in pursue of their "American dream" risking their lives though Mexican territory, who share their journey stories.