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Wed Apr 3, 2019, 07:35 PM

Tempers fray in Mexico as new controls frustrate U.S.-bound migrant caravan

Source: Reuters

WORLD NEWS APRIL 3, 2019 / 6:47 PM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO

Tempers fray in Mexico as new controls frustrate U.S.-bound migrant caravan

Jose Cortez
4 MIN READ

MAPASTEPEC, Mexico (Reuters) - Tempers frayed among hundreds of mostly Central American migrants gathered on Wednesday in southern Mexico, delayed as Mexican officials sought to slow down the U.S.-bound flow that President Donald Trump is determined to turn back.

Since last week Trump has repeatedly threatened to close down the U.S.-Mexico border if Mexican officials do not do more to thwart the migrants, potentially harming tens of billions of dollars in trade, but has also praised Mexican efforts following his outbursts.

The Mexican government has vehemently denied changing policy in response to threats, but has appeared to slam the brakes on its practice of awarding so-called humanitarian visas that allow migrants from other countries to pass freely within its borders.

Without such papers, they are vulnerable to harassment and deportation from officials.

As many as 1,500 men, women and children traveling in a large group or caravan from Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Cuba were gathered in the town of Mapastepec in Chiapas state, unable to obtain the temporary visas.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-mexico-caravan/tempers-fray-in-mexico-as-new-controls-frustrate-u-s-bound-migrant-caravan-idUSKCN1RF2U1

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