In 2014, then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he would dispatch as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the southern border as the country faced an influx of children and families from Central America.
This year's event seems to have gotten more notice in the USA, and Trump has sent some angry tweets that raised hackles in Mexico, which in recent years has detained and deported hundreds of thousands of Central American migrants before they could reach the US border.
Over the last three days President Trump has posted a series of tweets aimed squarely at the Mexican government and its inaction regarding the migrant caravan working its way through their country.
Gutiérrez says that a caravan of USA -bound Central American migrants, also the target of the president's ire in recent days, is reducing in numbers and likely to wrap up soon. Rodrigo Abeja, one of the organizers, said help was being sought from a breakaway faction of Mexico's teachers union, which has years of experience convening large protests and is generally aligned with the country's leftist presidential candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Mexico granted 3,223 asylum requests made in 2016, and 9,626 requests filed a year ago are either under review or have been accepted. Until we can have a wall and proper security, we're going to be guarding our border with the military.
Organizers also said their intent was never to storm the border, especially not with a caravan of this size.
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Trump's strong criticism of the caravan and Mexico's supposed permissiveness in allowing it to proceed, have confused and befuddled families here, who deny they are a threat. In fact, US border authorities reported a 26 per cent decline in the number of people detained or stopped at the United States' southern border in 2017 compared with the previous year.
Late Tuesday, the first migrants began receiving documents from Mexican immigration authorities.
The caravan has been stopped in a town in Oaxaca, Reuters reports, where participants are "confused and frustrated by paperwork" as officials are registering them and determining their legal status. "Hopping the train, as we did in the past, would have been insane", he said.
The caravan consisted of almost 1,500 people migrating from the poorest parts of Central America - Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, in search of a better life. "With all of the money they make from the US, hopefully they will stop people from coming through their country and into ours".
If Trump carries through on his threats to cut foreign aid to countries that migrants are fleeing for the United States, it could compound the challenges those countries face. "We are going to go in smaller numbers to see who really has the right for asylum".
According to statistics from the USA and Mexican governments compiled by the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, Mexico in 2015 apprehended tens of thousands more Central Americans in its country than the U.S. did at its border, and in 2015 and 2016 it deported roughly twice as many Central Americans as the United States did.
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"Honestly, I want to be Mexican ..."
As he put it, "I just noticed that the caravan which is toward the middle of Mexico, coming up from Honduras, is breaking up very rapidly".
"You take the risk of staying in your own country, where they are going to kill you, or you take the risk of taking this path, which is risky", Bonilla said.
"This is the year of the Americas", Haley told reporters in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, after meeting with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández. The factory where she made T-shirts for export closed due to the weeks of instability that followed the election, she said. When the caravan came together there they saw it as a good opportunity to make a move with safety in numbers.
"My mission is to reach Tijuana, even if I have to beg for money and hitchhike", she said.
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