A USA -bound caravan of Central American migrants pressed on through southern Mexico on October 27, in spite of government offers of jobs.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Sunday that President Trump is considering "every possible action" to prevent the controversial caravan of undocumented migrants, which is now moving closer to the U.S. border, from entering the country illegally, adding there is in actual fact "a right way" to emigrate to the US. And almost 500 more Hondurans have voluntarily agreed to return to their home country, Mexican officials said.
"I will make it clear that we absolutely will not tolerate violence against Border Patrol in this situation", she said.
Police let the caravan proceed after representatives from Mexico's National Human Rights Commission persuaded them that a rural stretch of the highway without shade, toilets or water was no place for migrants to entertain an offer of asylum.
"This caravan can not come to the United States".
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She continued, "I've never been a "pc" kind of person - but I understand that we do need to be more sensitive in this day and age".
Stoking fears about the caravan and illegal immigration to rally his Republican base, the president has insinuated gang members and "Middle Easterners" are mixed in the group, though he later acknowledged there is no proof of that. "They will be stopped!" he said.
"After receiving a request for assistance from the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of Defense has approved providing mission-enhancing capabilities to Department of Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Protection along the Southwest Border", the Pentagon statement read.
"I want the people of the caravan to come into our country, but they have to come in legally, like all of the millions of people that are waiting online right now".
Still 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) from the nearest US border crossing at McAllen, Texas, the journey could be twice as long if the group of some 4,000 migrants heads for the Tijuana-San Diego frontier, as another caravan did earlier this year.
She added that numerous migrants may not understand that looking for work or seeking to reunite with family members in the US does not count as asylum, and they will not be able to stay in the country.
"To those in the Caravan, turnaround, we are not letting people into the United States illegally".
Mujica accused immigration officials of trying to scare them.
"We are nervous, but happy, because - so many days waiting", said 22-year-old Maria Yuliza Soreque, whose turn came on Tuesday to enter the USA after she, her mother and two-year-old daughter had been in the city for five weeks. By the time the group crossed into Mexico, they numbered more than 5,000 and the crowd continues to grow as smaller groups that departed later join them. He is considering measures that would bar migrants from crossing the border and prevent them from applying for asylum.