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13 Apr 2019

350 migrants 'break violently' into Mexico as new caravan arrives

Caravan arrives, 350 migrants 'break violently' into Mexico

A group of around 350 Central American migrants "broke violently" into Mexico yesterday, the country's immigration authorities said, as a new caravan of around 2,500 people arrived from Guatemala.

Mexico's National Migration Institute informed that some members of the caravan had attacked local police in Metapa de Dominguez, a town in Chiapas in southern Mexico.

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Caravan arrives, 350 migrants 'break violently' into Mexico
Trump continues his crackdown on undocumented migrants heading towards US

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Trump continues his crackdown on undocumented migrants heading towards US

The news of the attack by the caravan members is sure to draw the attention of US President Donald Trump as he continues his crackdown on undocumented migrants heading toward the US.

"Today at 3:30 am (0830 GMT), a group of approximately 350 people broke violently across the Mexican border from Guatemala," the National Migration Institute said in a statement.

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Migrants broke the padlock, entered the country: National Migration Institute

The Institute further said, "With an aggressive attitude, (the migrants) broke the padlock on the border gate and entered the country."

The caravan set out on Wednesday from the city of San Pedro Sula in Honduras and has picked up Guatemalans and some Nicaraguans along the way.

These migrants are mostly fleeing poverty and brutal violence happening in their home countries.

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We can't live in Honduras anymore, says a young migrant

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We can't live in Honduras anymore, says a young migrant

"We can't live (in Honduras) anymore. We're heading for the border, for the United States," said Jorge, a young Honduran migrant who declined to give his last name.

It is the latest in a series of caravans to try to reach the US-Mexican border, seeking safety in numbers against the criminal gangs that extort, kidnap and even murder migrants crossing Mexico.

Trump has repeatedly threatened to close the US-Mexico border

Trump, who says there is a crisis on the US-Mexican border, has declared a national emergency over the flow of undocumented migrants and illegal drugs into the United States, deployed troops to the border and repeatedly threatened to close it.

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