Cen­tral Amer­i­can car­a­van moves on in spite of Mex­ico jobs of­fer

Stabroek News Sunday - - WORLD NEWS -

AR­RIAGA, Mex­ico, (Reuters) - A U.S.-bound car­a­van of Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants pressed on through south­ern Mex­ico yes­ter­day, in spite of govern­ment of­fers of jobs, as au­thor­i­ties stepped up ef­forts to dis­perse the con­voy that has an­gered U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Mex­i­can po­lice in riot gear briefly blocked the march of men, women and chil­dren as they neared Oax­aca state be­fore dawn, to re­lay the of­fer of tem­po­rary iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pa­pers, jobs or ed­u­ca­tion for those seek­ing asy­lum in Mex­ico.

Trump has threat­ened to send troops to the U.S. bor­der and cut aid to Cen­tral Amer­ica to try to stop the group of sev­eral thou­sand peo­ple that left Hon­duras two weeks ago.

Es­ti­mates vary sig­nif­i­cantly on the group’s size, which has mor­phed as some mi­grants re­turn home and new­com­ers join. At least 150 mi­grants trav­el­ing sep­a­rately were de­tained by Fri­day near Gu­atemala’s bor­der, a Mex­i­can of­fi­cial said.

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