SPECIAL NOTE: It is easy for all of us to be unsympathetic towards these people from South America, wanting desperately, willing to walk for miles, to have a better life for themselves and especially for their children. What would Jesus have done in this situation? All people should ask this question? If I am one of them, what would I have done? I would have done exactly what they are doing…to seek a better life for their children in the years to come. But then every country has its own priorities…and we are NOT that government and so it is unfortunate that we do not think or act like them? In the end, look at Europe? They are divided over this issues, all the 28 countries of the European Union are not of the same mind. Look at the recent elections in Germany, many voters are against Angela Merkel, the head of Germany, accusing her of allowing many Muslims and others from northern Africa and other countries to enter into Europe…causing much social unrest and economic crisis! This is an universal problem…we need to ask ourselves: why would anyone want to risk their lives to try to enter more advanced and developed countries, for what? It is the same all over the world: I came to USA decades ago for better education and better future…today I am living a good life as an American, able to do what I want with my life and time and energy and money…Only in America! Peace, Steve, Oct 21, 2018 email@example.com blog:https://getting2knowyou-china.com WeChat 1962816801
Migrant caravan on the move from Mexico-Guatemala border
BBC NEWS Oct 21, 2018
Thousands of people travelling from Central American nations to try to enter the US have resumed their journey from southern Mexico to the US border.
Early on Sunday, the large caravan started walking northwards from the city of Ciudad Hidalgo.
The Mexican authorities had tried to stop them at a border bridge between Mexico and Guatemala.
But some managed to cross into Mexico illegally by boat over the Suchiate river.
The group, mostly from Honduras, say they are fleeing violence and poverty, and include women and children.
The Associated Press news agency reports that 2,000 migrants, voting by a show of hands, took the decision to continue their journey.
“Let’s all walk together!” and “Yes, we can!” they said. They were not detained by the authorities upon crossing the border.
Media captionCaravan migrants illegally cross into Mexico
Others migrants remain stranded at the border in an attempt to enter Mexico legally.
The Mexican authorities accepted small groups for asylum processing and handed out 45-day visitor permits to others.
Some boarded transport organised by the Guatemalan authorities at Tecun Uman to return to Honduras voluntarily.
One migrant, who has a prosthetic leg, told the BBC’s Ana Gabriela Rojas he was determined to reach the US.
“I’m looking for a better future for my children. It’s been difficult but you have to fight for what you want.
“I am asking President [Donald] Trump to help us… people like me… who want to survive.”
President Trump has repeatedly warned the migrants to turn back, threatening to close down the US border and cut aid to countries allowing the caravan to pass.
In tweets on Sunday, he said efforts were being made to “stop the onslaught of illegal aliens”. He suggested the caravan was politically motivated.
“The Caravans are a disgrace to the Democrat Party. Change the immigration laws NOW!'” he said.
What happened on the border?
Many of the migrants temporarily broke through barriers on a bridge which crosses the river border between Guatemala and Mexico.
Dozens of Mexican police in riot gear fired tear gas to force them to retreat into no-man’s land after being attacked with stones.
A number of migrants jumped into the Suchiate river to reach rafts, while others either turned back towards Guatemala or simply sat down on the bridge.
Several people were reportedly injured in the clash, including migrants, police and journalists.
The Mexican authorities said those with valid passports and visas would be allowed in immediately, though this is believed to apply to only a minority of the migrants.
They warned that anyone without papers would have to apply for refugee status or turn back, and anyone who crossed illegally would be detained and deported.
What will happen to them now?
On Friday, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said he had spoken to his Guatemalan counterpart and asked permission to send his country’s civil protection force to the area to help the migrants.
“I also asked for authorisation to hire ground transportation for anyone who wants to return and an air bridge for special cases of women, children, the elderly and the sick,” Mr Hernandez tweeted.
The two leaders met on Saturday to discuss the situation.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said the border clash was “unprecedented” and accused some of the migrants of attacking police.
Human rights groups have criticised the US and Mexican response to the caravan.
Why is Trump concerned?
Since his campaign days, Mr Trump has lambasted illegal immigrants, and this latest caravan comes after a major immigration crackdown.
the migrant caravan celebrated the breach of a gate on the Guatemala-Mexico border
Changes to detention rules saw thousands of migrant children detained and separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border earlier this year, sparking national and international condemnation.
Mr Trump’s threats come weeks before the mid-term elections on 6 November, which could see Democrats unseating Republicans in the House of Representatives.
According to a Kaiser Foundation poll, immigration is the most important issue for 15% of all voters, though the number jumps to 25% among Republican voters.
While Mr Trump has sent National Guard troops to the border before, it is unclear what he means by shutting it down entirely, and whether that would affect businesses or people with legitimate visas.
And according to international law, the US cannot deport asylum seekers without first determining the validity of their claim.
What is the migrants’ motivation?
An estimated 10% of the population of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras have fled danger, forced gang recruitment and dismal economic opportunities.
The region has one of the highest murder rates in the world.
The UN reported murder rates in 2015 in Honduras standing at 63.75 deaths per 100,000 and El Salvador at 108.64 deaths.