Mexico is vowing to stop migrants before they reach the United States border.
Reuters estimated the caravan had roughly 2,000 people.
The group was stopped at the Honduras-Guatemala border, where they were tear-gassed.
The Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei noted that his nation would allow Hondurans into the country, as long as they had proper identification.
He also warned that Mexico would “do everything in their powers to stop” the group.
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The comment came following a meeting with Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.
After pressure from President Donald Trump, Mexico has said it will tighten enforcement when it comes to migrant caravans heading for the U.S.
Mexican Interior Minister Olga Sánchez Cordero said Mexican officials would seek to assist Hondurans who want to remain in Mexico.
“Mexico is not only a transit country,” she told reporters. “In no way we have transit visas or safe passage.”
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She said visas will not be issued to allow the migrants to move through Mexico.
“The truth is, it is going to be impossible for them to reach the United States,” Platero told The Associated Press. “The Mexican police have a large contingent and they are going to catch all the migrants without documents and they will be detained and returned to their home countries.”
President of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador previously rejected suggestions from the Trump administration, such as the refusal to designate cartels as terrorist organizations.
Mexican President detested the idea and said, “We will never accept that, we are not ‘vendepatrias’ (nation sellers),”.
After nine U.S. citizens were brutally killed in a cartel ambush in Sonora Mexico, relatives announced they would meet and speak with President Trump. It is expected that the family ask for the cartels to be labeled as terrorists.
By labeling cartels and foreign terrorist organizations, there would be a higher limit of which cartel members could travel, helping the U.S. find and stop the crime organization.
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Earlier this year, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) filed legislation for the most violent cartels in Mexico to be labeled as a foreign terrorist organization, a move that would limit cartel members’ abilities to travel and provide tools to better clamp down on financial transactions, Breitbart Texas reported.
On Monday morning, Lopez Obrador’s foreign relations minister Marcelo Ebrard called designations unnecessary and inconvenient, adding that the U.S. and Mexico have a healthy working relationship in fighting cartels. According to Ebrard, terrorist designations would give the U.S. the legal avenue to take direct action on cartels on Mexican soil.