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  • Caravan migrants break Guatemala border fence, rush Mexico

    TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (AP) — Central Americans traveling in a mass caravan broke through a Guatemalan border fence and streamed by the thousands toward Mexican territory Friday, defying Mexican authorities’ entreaties for an orderly migration and U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats of retaliation. Arriving on the Mexican side of a border bridge, they were met by a phalanx of police with riot shields. About 50 managed to push their way through before officers unleashed pepper spray and the rest retreated.
    Young men began tugging on the fencing and finally succeeded in tearing it down, and men, women and children rushed through and toward the border bridge just up the road.

    Edwin Santos of San Pedro Sula was one of the first to race past helpless Guatemalan police, clutching the hands of his father and wife.
    “We are going to the United States!” he shouted euphorically. “Nobody is going to stop us!”
    Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray said those with passports and valid visas would be let in immediately, though he acknowledged that “we anticipate those are the minority.”

    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.

    Any who decide to cross illegally and are caught will be detained and deported, the Mexican government has said.
    https://www.apnews.com/d52af53fc55b49cdbd320df9a19ff626

    Looks like Mexico might need help defending its sovereignty.

  • #2
    Originally posted by HisRoyalHighness View Post
    Looks like Mexico might need help defending its sovereignty.
    Just passing through



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    • #3
      Originally posted by blackcatnursery View Post

      Just passing through


      I feel like an agreement can be reached with Mexico like allowing native born Mexican citizens an easier way of dual citizenship if Mexico can tell the other Central American states to piss off and allow US authorities to assist in securing their southern borders. provide support in fighting the cartels. and helping to secure tourism hotspots.

      But alas, such things will not come to pass.

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      • #4
        Maybe Trump shouldn't make America great again and so appealing to the impoverished? Run free Guatamaleans may you make it to the other side I say.

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        • #5
          I bet their knowledge of US immigrant law is better than their english

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          • #6
            Thousands of caravan migrants take shelter in southern Mexico

            TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (Reuters) - Thousands of Central American migrants traveling together to enter the United States have hunkered down in shelters in a southern Mexico city along its border with Guatemala, according to local officials.
            The migrants pose a tough challenge to the Mexican government’s pledge to stop the illegal travelers’ plans to press ahead to the U.S. border.
            More than 5,100 migrants have been registered in three shelters in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Hidalgo, while another 2,000 had camped out for the night in the town’s central square, said Gerardo Hernandez, head of the local government’s emergency services.

            In a statement on Saturday night, Mexico’s federal government said “nearly 900 migrants” had arrived by unauthorized means, while 640 had been processed after being allowed to cross into the country via the international border crossing on the Suchite River that divides Guatemala from Mexico.
            Earlier in the day, the presidents of Honduras and Guatemala said about 2,500 migrants had either already been repatriated to Honduras or were in transit back home, many using free bus tickets doled out by Guatemalan police.

            https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...KCN1MU05Y?il=0


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            • #7
              Absolutely not a politically motivated move at all...

              A few days before crucial elections in the US?

              A huge spontaneous, self organized caravan of "migrants" aiming at crossing the border illegally?


              Nah, coincidence.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by HisRoyalHighness View Post

                I feel like an agreement can be reached with Mexico like allowing native born Mexican citizens an easier way of dual citizenship if Mexico can tell the other Central American states to piss off and allow US authorities to assist in securing their southern borders. provide support in fighting the cartels. and helping to secure tourism hotspots.

                But alas, such things will not come to pass.
                Illegal immigration by Mexicans hasn’t been an issue for a decade. The issue is a bunch of Central American states are barely functional, and Mexico’s resources to deal with the issue are drained by the drug war.

                Just legalize cannabis and coca that isn’t chemically altered or distilled, and you put the cartels out of business. Then the Mexicans and us can more appropriately deploy resources to deal with issues in our backyard.

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                • #9
                  Chile is doing well. Why can't they be like that. They can't afford corruption and socialist spending at the same time.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by primer View Post
                    Chile is doing well. Why can't they be like that. They can't afford corruption and socialist spending at the same time.
                    Socialism does cost a lot of money.

                    And at some point you end up running out of other people's money.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by primer View Post
                      Chile is doing well. Why can't they be like that. They can't afford corruption and socialist spending at the same time.
                      Because back in the day the rest didnt like helicopter rides.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by primer View Post
                        Chile is doing well. Why can't they be like that. They can't afford corruption and socialist spending at the same time.
                        True that Chile really improved its economy in the seventies and eighties. Not much sympathy for Pinochet, but the economic choices were sound.

                        That being said, Chile is a diverse country with mineral ressources, arable land, tempered weather and a maginificent coast. The Honduras and Guatemala are smaller nations and other than tropical produce, there´s not much to do.

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                        • #13
                          Makes me think of this : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7qKD-Ph7ds

                          But that's actually sad.

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                          • #14
                            So now they are marching through Mexico on the way to the U.S. border.

                            Does border control have LRAD?

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                            • #15
                              The majority of the trespassers are young able bodied unaccompanied males. I used to be one also and I know what is really going through their minds ... nothing.

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