President Trump has seized on immigration as an issue ahead of next month's midterm elections. He played up the threat as he stumped for GOP candidates this past week. They had broken through the gate Friday but police drove almost all of them back.
Hundreds spent the night on the global bridge over the Suchiate river as Mexican authorities restricted entry.
Gloria Emilia Mejia, Honduran immigrant says, "They said they'll let us in and that we should be patient, and that we'll be allowed through in order, but we don't have information about where we are staying".
Some migrants yelled "We are hungry!"
"I can't say if it's directly tied to the midterms, per se, but they do want to make the plight of the immigrants a noticed political issue in Mexico and the US, as well as try to assure the migrants' safety as they apply for asylum".
These pictures capture the scenes unfolding on the Guatemala-Mexico border. The rest retreated, joining the sea of people on the bridge between both countries.
Authorities are preparing for an influx of migrants, with local police chief Gerardo Hernandez saying that five shelters had been set up in Ciudad Hidalgo to accommodate up to 4,000 people.
As the migrants amassed in the center of this small city in Chiapas state, they shared stories of the lives they were leaving behind. "But it becomes much harder when President Trump makes this a political issue in which he bashes Mexico".
Those who want to apply for refuge in Mexico will be welcome to do so "if they have a vulnerable situation in their country of origin", Videgaray said in an interview with the Televisa network.
Aerial images show dense crowds at the Guatemala-Mexico global bridge in Tecun Uman, Guatemala.
Yet, it seems that Mexico will continue to process migrants.
"I made a decision to come because of the unemployment situation", said Wendy Lorena Benitez Ramirez, 43.
The Posse Comitatus Act forbids using the military for civilian law enforcement duties outside military bases in the United States. He left behind two American daughters and an American wife.
Could Trump successfully stop all US tax-funded foreign aid to these nations? According to unpublished Border Patrol data, there were more than 16,000 family members arrested in September - an 80 percent increase over July. He says the remaining migrants "do not want misunderstandings". Others suggested they might have to attempt to cross illegally.
And so the migrants here camped out in the plaza, some on the stage of a small open-air amphitheater. There was no evidence of anyone being deported through such trickery, but the warnings made plenty leery of boarding, like Fidelina Vasquez, a grandmother traveling with her daughter and 2-year-old grandson. She cried out: "This girl is suffocating". It said it was "privileging at all times the human right of any foreigner to receive protection from the Mexican state".
They plan to cross Mexico's border in the coming days, then continue north to the United States.