Migrant caravan of 7,200 people believed to be largest on record

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Central American migrants making their way to the U.S.in a large caravan wave a Mexican flag as they arrive to Tapachula, Mexico, after a truck driver gave them a free ride, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018.

In a news briefing with reporters on Tuesday, Trump administration officials pointed to the increase in migrant families as evidence of a "border crisis" because those groups are more hard for immigration enforcement officials to detain and deport because of protections granted by USA law to migrant children.

The news outlet reported that the Mexican government invited the agency to help, even though most of the migrants don't have visas and haven't formally requested asylum with the National Immigration Institute (INM).

In retaliation, Trump said, the U.S. Experts believe that Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric dissuaded potential migrants from crossing in the first months of his presidency.

They know America does not want an open border.

Another migrant caravan bound for the US-Mexico border is forming in Central America, and federal officials in the United States are keeping their eyes on it, an official with the Department of Homeland Security told CNN on Tuesday. Their journey to the US-Mexican border is expected to take them weeks. Only three have been granted asylum.

Estimates on the size of the group of migrants seeking to come to the us vary, ranging from 5,000 to over 7,000.

However, they were still at least 1,140 miles (1,830 kilometres) from the nearest border crossing - McAllen, Texas - and the length of their journey could more than double if they go to Tijuana-San Diego, the destination of another caravan earlier this year. Migrants may also walk through the checkpoint. Additionally, another 116 people have agreed to return to their home countries and have been temporarily placed in the sites for asylum seekers. When we defend our own rights, they persecute us.

The migrants have been sleeping wherever they can as they move further north. Pierce called this proposal "Family Separation 2.0". She said hunger is driving them out, and they have to take risks.

The statistics also show Customs and Border Patrol "prevented 10 known or suspected terrorists from traveling to or entering the United States every day in fiscal year 2017".

President Donald Trump: "There's no proof of anything".

Yet headlines about huge migrant caravans may misrepresent trends at the U.S. -Mexico border, where migration is actually decreasing.

The comments in Thursday's tweet come as thousands of Central American migrants continue their caravan trek through Mexico toward the hoped-for, but still far-distant USA border. Since entering Mexico at its southernmost tip, the group has advanced roughly 95 miles.

Under current immigration law, for example, all individuals are entitled to certain rights and legal protections while in the custody of the USA government, including illegal aliens. The Trump administration has "already implemented the most draconian policies", Pierce observed, and yet those "did not deter" this caravan from coming anyway.

He seized on the caravan as an opportunity to rally people to vote for his Republican Party in the forthcoming midterm elections on 6 November. He said he had alerted Border Patrol and the military and called for a change in laws, and said that people of Middle Eastern descent had joined the group.

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