Migrants break through border gate in Guatemala

Honduran migrants heading in a caravan to the US walk near Mapastepec southern Mexico

Honduran migrants heading in a caravan to the US walk near Mapastepec southern Mexico

President Trump and his top national security team are considering drastic measures to "halt entry" for thousands of undocumented migrants slowly making their way towards the United States; proposing an executive order that would block "nearly all" Central American asylum seekers.

President Trump has firmly stated that migrants will not be allowed to enter the country illegally, and hundreds of US troops are set to make their way to the southern border to help Homeland Security and National Guard troops deal with the caravan.

The United States is considering sending troops to the Southwest border with Mexico to stem the flow of migrants, which President Donald Trump has described as a "caravan". Still 1,000 miles from the nearest US border crossing at McAllen, Texas, the journey could be twice as long if the group heads for the Tijuana-San Diego frontier, as another caravan did earlier this year. A White House official said "a wide range of administrative, legal and legislative options" were being considered, but that no decisions had been made.

The proposal seemed designed at least in part to demonstrate to Washington that Mexico City was doing something to stop the northbound caravan, which President Donald Trump has labeled a "national emergency" and repeatedly used as a campaign issue before congressional elections November 6.

Mexican police in riot gear briefly blocked the migrant caravan as it neared Oaxaca state before dawn, to relay the offer of asylum. But the trip 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.

"We urge the administration to manage refugee arrivals humanely and in a manner that respects their dignity and rights under USA and global law", said an October 26 statement by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

The migrant caravan bursts through the border gate.

Taking aim at the caravan of Central American migrants, Trump wrote on Twitter on Thursday he was "bringing out the military for this National Emergency. Today, Mexico lends you a hand", he said.

The same obstacles that frustrate immigration enforcement generally will hinder efforts to stop the caravan, Nielsen said.

Mujica said the caravan would be on the move again Saturday at 3 a.m. toward Zanatepec, about 37 miles (60 kilometers) away in Oaxaca state.

"I don't agree that it should only be women with children", she said. Thousands of migrants waited to advance, vowing to continue their long trek toward the US border. Many in the caravan have been on the road for more than two weeks, since the group first formed in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

"Even if it's a short-term deployment, it's another step toward militarization of our border", Isacson said, adding that 40 percent of people being apprehended at the border were children and families.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach raised the issue of the caravan in his campaign for state governor, suggesting that lax state immigration policies were helping to lure them north. Only about 200 in that group made it to the border.

Pena Nieto announced the launch of what's called the "You are at home" plan Friday in an address directed at migrants. Migrants must also apply for refuge with the National Migration Institute.

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