Hundreds of Central Americans gathered on the Guatemala-Mexico border on Sunday, aiming to cross en masse early on Monday in what could prove a stiff test of the Mexican government's pledge to satisfy United States demands to curb migrant flows.
Monday's incident at the Suchiate River, which separates Mexico and Guatemala, underscores the challenges facing Mexican authorities tasked with containing the large group of migrants at the behest of the Trump administration.
On the Mexican side, migrants ran from side to side along the river, raising dust and seeking an opening in the ranks of the National Guard troops sent to meet them.
The Mexican government issued a statement late Sunday that "in most cases" the hundreds of migrants they had received in the past few days would be returned to their countries of origin "if the situation justifies it".
At least 2,000 migrants had been camped in the Guatemalan border town of Tecun Uman, across from Ciudad Hidalgo on the Mexican side.
Earlier groups of migrants have been able to persuade authorities to allow them to make the border crossing, either on humanitarian grounds or through the use of force.
But, but, but. Mexican authorities sought a solution this weekend by inviting migrants to stay in Mexico, but details on employment were thin and many feared deportation. Some guards wore plastic riot shields that were hit by stones thrown by migrants, and they sometimes closed a stone in the crowd.
However, since then, thousands of migrants from Central America have crossed Mexico to enter the US. People of us who don't request asylum or any protective status will probably be arrested and deported. A guardsman said she'd started convulsing from the commotion.
Hundreds of migrants and asylum seekers were stopped in the southern states of Chiapas and Tabasco, with the Mexican government working to allow some to stay in the country, while returning others home.
The predominantly Honduran migrants want free passage across Mexico to the United States border.
The Guatemala authorities issued new knowledge Monday exhibiting that 4,000 migrants crossed into that nation via the 2 major crossings utilized by the migrants final week, and over the weekend nearly 1,700 entered Mexico at two crossings.
Mexican national guardsmen on Saturday slammed shut a metal fence that read "Welcome to Mexico" to block the path of thousands of Central American migrants who attempted to push their way across the Rodolfo Robles Bridge.
"It was unclear what sort of work Mexico had in mind for the migrants, considering that half the Mexican population is poor and millions are unemployed".
It said 400 were deported from Guatemala.
"If we cross alone, they'll get us, and all the sacrifices we've made to get here will have been in vain", he added.
Mexico's migration authority said the country was ready to welcome foreigners as long as they entered the country in a "lawful, safe and orderly" way.