President Trump has vowed to take steps to prevent the migrants from crossing the United States border and has slammed Mexican authorities for failing to stop the caravan. Alex Mensing, an organizer with Pueblo Sin Fronteras, said that the main caravan consists of at least 8,500 people including some 7,000 from Honduras, and has grown in recent days.
After she arrived, two workers installed a plaque displaying Trump's name, atop the names of several border officials.
Democrats have accused Trump and Republicans of "fearmongering" on immigration ahead of the election. "It's a full wall system", she said in Calexico, Calif., when asked about whether the 30-foot tall barrier made of steel bollards was actually just a fence.
Police eventually let the caravan continue after Mexico's National Human Rights Commission reminded them that the stretch of highway, which lacked shade, water and restrooms, was not safe for the illegal immigrants.
"This caravan can not come to the United States".
There already are about 2,000 National Guard troops on the border.
The Department of Homeland Security earlier reported that a large migrant caravan is moving towards the USA through Mexico. Those who were on the caravan wanted to keep moving forward until a vote was taken and it was decided that they would stop for the day.
The agency added that while numerous migrants are fleeing violence or poverty in their home countries, "the journey is long, uncertain and full of danger, including the risk of exploitation, violence and abuse".
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Right now the closest border crossing to this caravan would be between Matamoros, Mexico, and Brownsville, Texas, about 1,000 miles away from the group's current location.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis is expected to issue deployment orders that could move up to 800 troops to the border.
"We actually need people for our companies, because we have many, many companies coming into the United States".
The Pentagon on Friday approved a request for additional troops at the southern border, likely to total several hundred to help the U.S. Border Patrol as President Donald Trump seeks to transform fears about immigration and a caravan of Central American migrants into electoral gains in the midterms.
"Our destiny is to get to the border", said Orellana, who left three children behind in San Pedro Sula. They will include exactly how many forces are needed.
When MacCallum asked if that could include cutting aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador - the countries numerous migrants originated from - Nielsen reiterated that any and all measures are possible to protect America's borders and citizens.
However, it now appears such smaller groups will be picked off by immigration authorities, keeping them from swelling the caravan's ranks.