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Guatemalan Police Attacks Central American Asylum-Seekers

A new group of migrants bound for the United States set off from El Salvador on Sunday, following thousands of other Central Americans fleeing poverty and violence who have taken similar journeys in recent weeks.

The group of more than 300 Salvadorans left the capital San Salvador on Sunday. A larger group of mostly Hondurans, estimated to number at least 3,500, who left their country in mid-October and are now in southern Mexico, has become a key issue in U.S. congressional elections.

A third group has been moving through Guatemala, at one point numbering more than 1,000 people before beginning to fragment. Hundreds of that group broke through a Guatemala border gate in Tecun Uman, and on Sunday afternoon were on the bridge into Mexico.

Trump has threatened to shut down the border with Mexico and last week said he would send troops. On Friday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis authorized the use of troops and other military resources at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Chelsy Montserrat Maldonado, a four-year-old migrant girl from Honduras, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America en route to the United States, wears a U.S. flag themed dress as she stands in a makeshift camp as they take rest in Tapanatepec, Mexico, October 28, 2018.
Chelsy Montserrat Maldonado, a four-year-old migrant girl from Honduras, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America en route to the United States, wears a U.S. flag themed dress as she stands in a makeshift camp as they take rest in Tapanatepec, Mexico, October 28, 2018. Photo:Reuters
Guatemalan soldiers observe people from a caravan of migrants from El Salvador, at a border crossing point en route to the United States, in Pedro de Alvarado, Guatemala, October 28, 2018.
Guatemalan soldiers observe people from a caravan of migrants from El Salvador, at a border crossing point en route to the United States, in Pedro de Alvarado, Guatemala, October 28, 2018. Photo:Reuters
Men line up for food donations as families from Central America, part of a caravan of thousands of migrants en route to the United States, eat breakfast after awaking in San Pedro Tapanatepec
Men line up for food donations as families from Central America, part of a caravan of thousands of migrants en route to the United States, eat breakfast after awaking in San Pedro Tapanatepec Photo:Reuters
A peddler, part of a caravan of migrants from El Salvador en route to the United States, is seen in Sonsonate, El Salvador, October 28, 2018.
A peddler, part of a caravan of migrants from El Salvador en route to the United States, is seen in Sonsonate, El Salvador, October 28, 2018. Photo:Reuters
Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America en route to the United States, try to apply for the refuge status at the Mexican border gate with the intention to carry on their journey, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, October 28, 2018.
Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America en route to the United States, try to apply for the refuge status at the Mexican border gate with the intention to carry on their journey, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, October 28, 2018. Photo:Reuters
Eileen Abisai Hernandez, a one-year-old migrant girl from Honduras, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America en route to the United States, cries because she is sick as she rests in Tapanatepec, Mexico, October 28, 2018.
Eileen Abisai Hernandez, a one-year-old migrant girl from Honduras, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America en route to the United States, cries because she is sick as she rests in Tapanatepec, Mexico, October 28, 2018. Photo:Reuters
A migrant, part of a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America en route to the United States, wears a U.S flag on his head waits o cross the border into Mexico and carry on her journey, in Tecun Uman
A migrant, part of a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America en route to the United States, wears a U.S flag on his head waits o cross the border into Mexico and carry on her journey, in Tecun Uman Photo:Reuters
An injured man part of a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America en route to the U.S, is been helped, during a clash with the Mexican Police after they pull down the border gate with the intention to carry on their journey, in Tecun Uman
An injured man part of a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America en route to the U.S, is been helped, during a clash with the Mexican Police after they pull down the border gate with the intention to carry on their journey, in Tecun Uman Photo:Reuters
An injured man part of a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America en route to the U.S, is carried during a clash with the Mexican Police after they pull down the border gate with the intention to carry on their journey, in Tecun Uman
An injured man part of a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America en route to the U.S, is carried during a clash with the Mexican Police after they pull down the border gate with the intention to carry on their journey, in Tecun Uman Photo:Reuters
A man, part of a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America en route to the U.S, washes his face from tear gas during a clash with the Mexican Police after they are pulled down the border gate with the intention to carry on their journey, in Tecun Uman
A man, part of a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America en route to the U.S, washes his face from tear gas during a clash with the Mexican Police after they are pulled down the border gate with the intention to carry on their journey, in Tecun Uman Photo:Reuters
Published 28 October 2018
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