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Mexico faces a mounting crisis at its southern border, where thousands of migrants remain crowded and pressing for entry after some groups managed to break through.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rushed to Mexico City on Friday to confer with his counterpart, and declared the situation is reaching 'a moment of crisis' and posing 'a challenge for American sovereignty.'
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Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray Caso insisted Mexico would not cave to pressure to detain the migrants, saying: 'Mexico's migration policy is for Mexico to decide.'
As night fell at the border with Guatemala, many migrants prepared to camp out on the bridge over the Suchiate River, which had earlier been the scene of chaos and violent clashes with riot police.
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'We're staying here until they open this fence,' said Adonai Sanchez, 36, who was traveling with his three nephews, aged two, three and 14, as they set up camp on the bridge.
In the twilight dusk, the migrants' frustration turned to despair as women clutching small children took up the rows in front of the gate pleading with the Mexican federal police.
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Some migrants yelled 'We are hungry!' Others wailed that they had children while others set up tarps to prepare for the night sleeping on the increasingly dirty and befouled bridge.
'Please, it is night. Let us pass,' Alba Luz Giron Ramirez, a former shop employee and mother of three, pleaded to the officers.
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Giron said they had come from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and that gangs had killed her brother and threatened her.
'We want them to give us permission to go to Mexico,' her 5-year-old son Ramon said in a child's voice. 'We wouldn't stay.'
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Alison Danisa wept as she knelt in the garbage already piling up on the bridge, clutching her naked 11-month-old infant to her breast.
'We have suffered so much. She has a...
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