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Normalcy returns to Guatemala-Mexico border after caravan

Normalcy returns to Guatemala-Mexico border after caravanFrom the roadside stand where his family sells mole, barbecue and chicken stew, Miguel Ángel Vázquez has seen all the caravans of Central American migrants and asylum seekers stream past his front door in recent years, throngs of people driven to flee poverty and violence in hopes of a better life in the United States. After watching armored National Guard troops and immigration agents break up the latest one right on his doorstep, loading men, women and wailing children onto buses and hauling them off to a detention center in the nearby city of Tapachula, he’s sure of one thing. On Friday morning, life was back to normal at the river border between Ciudad Hidalgo and Tecun Uman, Guatemala.



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Mexican guardsmen break up migrant caravan along highway

Mexican guardsmen break up migrant caravan along highwayEight hundred Central American migrants were rounded up and hauled onto buses by Mexican national guardsmen and immigration agents after crossing into the country early Thursday and walking for hours along a rural highway. The migrants had stopped for the day at a shaded crossroads when hundreds of national guard troops advanced their lines to within 100 yards (meters) of the migrants. National guardsmen in riot gear advanced banging their plastic shields with batons and engaged the migrants.



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U.S.-bound migrant caravan in tense standoff at border between Mexico and Guatemala

U.S.-bound migrant caravan in tense standoff at border between Mexico and GuatemalaA large caravan of Central Americans was preparing to cross the Guatemalan border into Mexico on Monday, posing a potential challenge to the Mexican government’s pledge to help the United States contain mass movements of migrants. The migrants were massed on a bridge connecting the two countries early on Monday morning in what appeared to be a tense standoff with Mexican migration officials and soldiers. U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to punish Mexico and Central American countries economically if they fail to curb migrant flows, resulting in a series of agreements aimed at taking pressure off the United States in absorbing the numbers.



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Honduran migrant caravan rumbles on through Guatemala

Honduran migrant caravan rumbles on through GuatemalaMore than 1,000 Honduran migrants broke through a police barrier on the border with Guatemala on Thursday in a bid to join hundreds of others heading for the United States. The latest Central American migrant caravan formed despite increased attempts by President Donald Trump to keep them out of the US. Last year the US signed a deal with Guatemala that obliges migrants traveling through it and seeking asylum in the US to first request protection in the Central American nation.



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Mexico ramps up border security to block migrant caravan

Mexico ramps up border security to block migrant caravanMexico deployed around 200 National Guard officers to the Guatemalan border on Friday in an effort to block a huge migrant caravan traversing Central America toward the United States. According to Guatemala’s new President Alejandro Giammattei, Mexico has vowed to use “everything at its disposal” to stop the convoy from entering its territory. The Mexican troops were stationed at the town of Ciudad Hidalgo, one of the main crossing points into the country from its southern neighbor.



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One year on, migrant caravan leaves unexpected legacy

One year on, migrant caravan leaves unexpected legacyA year ago, thousands of Central American men, women and children chasing the American dream arrived in Mexico in a massive caravan that has left a lasting legacy — just not the one people generally thought it would. Fleeing chronic poverty and brutal gang violence at home, they banded together in hopes of finding safety in numbers against the dangers of the journey, including criminal gangs that regularly extort, kidnap and kill migrants. The images made an impact around the world: carrying their meager belongings on their backs, many migrants pressed small children to their chests or held them by the hand.



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Caravan of 2,000 migrants detained in southern Mexico

Caravan of 2,000 migrants detained in southern MexicoMexican officials broke up a caravan of around 2,000 migrants that had set out from southern Mexico Saturday in the hopes of reaching the United States, amid increasing difficulty obtaining permission to pass through Mexico. Many of the migrants who departed from Tapachula, Chiapas early in the morning had been held up in this city just north of Guatemala for weeks or months, awaiting residency or transit papers from Mexican authorities. "I want to pass through Mexico, I don't want to live here," said Amado Ramirez, a migrant from Honduras who said he had been living on the streets of Tapachula with his young children and wife, hoping for a transit visa from Mexican officials.



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2020 candidate Tim Ryan leads gun control caravan to Mitch McConnell

2020 candidate Tim Ryan leads gun control caravan to Mitch McConnellDemocratic presidential hopeful Tim Ryan said that Mitch McConnell needs to call the Senate back into session "immediately."



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Tough trek for Central American migrant caravan heading through Mexico to U.S. border

Tough trek for Central American migrant caravan heading through Mexico to U.S. borderMany had already learned they would not be received in towns with the same hospitality that greeted previous caravans.



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New migrant caravan forming could be largest caravan yet

New migrant caravan forming could be largest caravan yetGuatemalan Intelligence Secretary Mario Duarte weighs in on the latest caravan and what Guatemala is doing to protect and control the movement of these migrants.



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