New caravan to enter US

AFP  | Deccan Chronicle

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Their advance could trigger a new Twitter firestorm from US President Donald Trump.

Workers reinforce a section of the US-Mexico border fence, as seen from eastern Tijuana, in Baja California state, Mexico, on Friday. (Photo: AFP)

Ciudad Hidalgo (Mexico): Hundreds of Central Americans entered Mexico illegally as the latest migrant caravan trying to reach the US began crossing the Mexican-Guatemalan border en masse on Friday.

Not content to wait five days for the humanitarian visas Mexico is offering them, several hundred migrants took to make-shift rafts to cross the Suchiate River, which forms the frontier, or snuck across the loosely guarded border bridge overnight.

Their advance could trigger a new Twitter firestorm from US President Donald Trump, who has urged Mexico to halt such caravans, and who tweeted early on Friday: “Another big Caravan heading our way. Very hard to stop without a Wall!” Hundreds more of the 2,000 migrants in the caravan gathered patiently on the border bridge, trickling into Mexico as the authorities processed them. The authorities will set up checkpoints in southern Mexico to make migrants who snuck into the country register for visas, said Alejandro Encinas, under-secretary for migration.

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