New US-bound group of migrants leaves in San Salvador

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On Friday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis authorized the use of troops and other military resources at the U.S. -Mexico border.

The Hope Border Institute of El Paso, Texas, published information October 26 about the group being referred to as a "caravan", which it says numbers between 3,000 and 7,000 people and, of those, about 2,000 are youth and children.

Enrique peña Nieto, President of Mexico: "the Mexican Government will launch the program "You are home". They can't come in", Trump said.

The group of more than 300 Salvadorans that left San Salvador on Sunday came together after thousands of Hondurans in mid-October left their country in a large group, becoming an global news story and a key issue in the U.S. congressional elections. Before she spoke, two workers wearing welding masks affixed a plaque to the barrier with the names of President Donald Trump and several high-ranking officials to commemorate what the administration calls the completion of the first phase of his border wall.

She was suspicious of the government's proposal and said that some Hondurans who had applied for legal status had already been sent back.

Finally, in a caravan apparently organised via the social networks, some 150 Salvadorans, including women and children, on Sunday began heading northwards toward the USA looking for better living conditions, just like the other groups.

Those on and following the caravan were boisterous on Friday evening in their refusal to accept anything less than safe passage to the USA border. Migrants shouted "Gracias!" but "No, we're heading north!"

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A caravan of migrants that left the Honduran city San Pedro Sula on Oct 13 has gained the attention of Mr Trump and other Republican politicians who have questioned the timing of the caravan just weeks before United States midterm elections on Nov 6.

"It is my dream to make it to the USA to work", Guzman told Al Jazeera. "We want passage, that's all".

TAPANATEPEC, Mexico Thousands of Central American migrants took a break today on their caravan's long journey through southern Mexico while vowing to press ahead toward the US border roughly 1,000 miles away. Only about 200 in that smaller group made it to the border.

The additional deployment is expected to improve the logistics and provide other support to the US Border Patrol, thereby bolstering the efforts of the approximately 2,000 National Guard forces now stationed there.

Mattis told reporters traveling with him that details of the deployment are still being worked out but he should have them Sunday night. Migrants must also apply for refuge with the National Migration Institute.

"If we go alone anything could happen", she said.

The group said women religious have accompanied such groups in the past and would continue to do so and welcome them.

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Increasingly sick and facing a punishing 60-mile (100-kilometer) trek, members of the migrant caravan have left the southern Mexican city of Pijijiapan and are moving toward their next stop, Arriaga.

Up until now, Mexico's government has allowed the migrants to make their way on foot, but has not provided them with food, shelter or bathrooms, reserving any aid for those who turn themselves in.

Trump tweeted a direct message to the migrants Thursday, urging them to return home.

Raul Medina Melendez, security chief for the tiny municipality of Tapanatepec in Oaxaca state said the town was distributing sandwiches and water to migrants camped in the central square Saturday night.

While migrants enter Mexico illegally nearly every day, they usually take smugglers' trucks or buses or walk at night to avoid detection.

Some fear they will be deported if they take advantage of the program. "They're coming into Florida", he said.

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