Migrants from Honduras who arrived at the border of Guatemala and Mexico Thursday began to rush the border bridge into Mexico on Friday.
The Associated Press reported that the migrants were waving Honduran flags as they tore down the gate at the Guatemalan-Mexican border.
“BREAKING: Migrants in caravan tear down border gate in Guatemala, rush toward border bridge into Mexico," the AP reported.
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BREAKING: Migrants in caravan tear down border gate in Guatemala, rush toward border bridge into Mexico.— The Associated Press (@AP) October 19, 2018
“One way or another, we will pass,” the migrants chanted while moving toward the bridge that connects the two countries.
Ambassador Luis Manuel Lopez Moreno accused the 4,000-person caravan of engaging in illegal activity. He also said more than 100 migrants were allowed access to Guatemala to apply for refugee status.
The U.S. and Mexico came to an agreement that will see the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees establish shelters along Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala where migrants could be vetted. Those deemed to have legitimate reasons for seeking asylum or refugee status would be relocated to a host country that has an agreement with the UNHCR, which includes the U.S. but also many other countries.
Mexico also agreed that if people crossed over into the U.S. before they were vetted, those migrants could be returned to Mexico.
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