Central American migrants resume their march toward US border

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Central American migrants cross the Suchiate River, the natural border between Guatemala and Mexico, to reach the US. Reuters

QUERETARO (Reuters) – Hundreds of Central American migrants resumed their march north through Mexico on Saturday, en route to the US border where President Donald Trump has effectively suspended the granting of asylum to migrants who cross illegally.

Mr Trump’s Friday order, which went into effect on Saturday, means that migrants will have to present themselves at US ports of entry to qualify for asylum and follow other rules unveiled on Thursday that seek to limit asylum claims.

The caravan, made up mostly of Hondurans, started north again on Saturday morning following a rest of four days in Mexico City.

They carried backpacks, blankets, food, many with children in tow, and took the metro and then walked to the town of Tepotzotlan. There they were helped onto buses and trucks by authorities, who stopped traffic to ask motorists if they would take the migrants to the city of Queretaro, where a shelter was set up at a stadium.

Some of the migrants are set to arrive to the border city of Tijuana today, while others later in the week to Reynosa and other border towns, according to migrant shelters.

Mr Trump made his hardline policies toward immigration a key issue ahead of last week’s midterm elections. He has vowed to deploy troops at the border to stop a caravan of migrants, who say they want to seek asylum in the United States, citing violence in their own countries.

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