Migrant caravan pauses, honoring man who died

Honduran migrants wait to cross the border from Ciudad Tecun Uman Guatemala to Ciudad Hidalgo Mexico

U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested an average of 10 people a day in the 2017 budget year who were trying to enter the U.S. from countries with suspected links to terrorism, according to Pence's office.

The additional members of the military would assist the Border Patrol by providing things such as vehicles, tents and equipment.

Trump had tweeted Monday that he'd alerted Border Patrol and the military that the caravan was "a National Emergy", but the Pentagon said then that they'd received no new orders to provide troops for border security. Trump wrote on Twitter. "MUST BE CHANDED (SIC), but I am bringing out the military for this National Emergency". Mexican police have not tried again to stop them.

A team of AP journalists travelling with the caravan for more than a week has spoken with Hondurans, Guatemalans and Salvadorans, but has not met any Middle Easterners, who Trump suggested were "mixed in" with the Central American migrants.

That initial authorization allowed for about 4,000 guardsmen to be sent to the frontier, but only about half that number have been deployed. They gathered in the main square of Ciudad Hidalgo, the city on the Mexican side of the border, and some danced as local musicians played.

This process, known as "return to territory", which was included in Trump's January 2017 executive order on border security, isn't now carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, because Mexico would need to agree to take foreign nationals back.

President Donald Trump's administration has expressed alarm at the change in the makeup of migrants attempting to cross into the United States from mostly single adults to children and families traveling together.

Trump, who made fear about immigrants a major theme of his 2016 election campaign, has been eager to make it a top issue heading into the November 6 midterm elections, which will determine control of Congress.

A volunteer greets a group of parents and children from Central America after they arrive at a temporary migrant shelter in El Paso last week.

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The caravan is unlike previous mass migrations for its unprecedented large numbers and because it largely began spontaneously through word of mouth.

In interviews along the journey, migrants have said they are fleeing violence, poverty and corruption.

The Department of Defense is sending hundreds of American soldiers to reinforce the southern border, a US official confirmed Thursday.

That program has not officially started, but Pierce said it's another sign of the dire options awaiting the caravan migrants.

Traveling about 45 miles a day, it would take weeks for them to reach the Texas border 1,100 miles away. "Once you lose control of your borders you no longer have a country".

"Mexico! Mexico!" the migrants shouted in reply, bathed in sweat under the hot sun of the southern state of Chiapas.

Some rode on trucks but most made the trek to the town of Pijijiapan on foot. "Today it's for them, tomorrow for us", Valdivia said, adding that he was getting a valuable gift from those he helped.

AFTER hordes of migrants stormed the Mexican border to continue their march towards the U.S., the caravan has now swollen to an estimated 7,000. It's not even saying bad or good, but some real bad ones.

The UN estimates that about 7,000 people are part of the caravan, which departed on 13 October with Honduras.

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