Mexican President Warns 'Caravan'; UN Spokesman Mum on How Officials Should Respond to Invasion of Mexico

CNS News | 10/23/2018 | Staff
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( – Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Monday warned Central American migrants who entered Mexico illegally in recent days as part of a U.S.-bound “caravan” that they were unlikely to achieve either the goal of staying in Mexico or of entering the United States.

Peña Nieto addressed his remarks to those “caravan” participants who chose not to enter Mexican territory legally. While hundreds took the offered opportunity to apply for asylum, others overwhelmed unarmed Mexican police at the Mexico-Guatemala border bridge crossing or swam, waded or rafted across the Suchiate river.

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A U.N. spokesman on Monday put the estimated size of the swelling column of people making their way through southern Mexico at “some 7,233 persons.”

Earlier President Trump tweeted the Mexican police and military were apparently unable to stop the caravan from heading northwards, and that he had alerted the U.S. Border Patrol and military that the situation constituted a national emergency.

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Speaking at a business summit forum, Peña Nieto said some of the migrants “have heeded the recommendation of the Mexican government to begin the refugee application process, and be able to acquire orderly, legal migrant status.”

But to those operating outside the law, he said, “I respectfully urge them to be aware that, if they maintain this attitude, they are unlikely to achieve their goal of either entering the United States or remaining in Mexico.”

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Any actions that fail to observe Mexico’s laws “will not allow members of this caravan to achieve their objective.”

Late last week the Mexican government requested the help of the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR to help process asylum requests on those participants in the caravan wanting to apply – in southern Mexico.

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In New York, an U.N. migration and human rights official on Friday urged the Mexican and U.S. authorities to “individually” consider each would-be migrant – rather than,...
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