Central American migrants in limbo at Mexico’s southern border, after members of the country’s National Guard stopped migrants from crossing into the country en route to the United States.
Migrants crossed into Mexico in small groups during the weekend after Mexican security officials blocked an effort by some Central Americans to force their way through the border. Many remain out on the shores of a border river between Mexico and Guatemala, considering their next steps.
Mexico has offered migrants work in the south, but those who do not accept it or seek asylum will not be issued safe conduct passes to the United States, the interior ministry said.
Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told media on Tuesday (January 21) that the security presence at the southern border area was for the security of migrants.
U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to punish Mexico and Central American countries economically if they fail to curb migrant flows, resulting in a series of agreements aimed at taking pressure off the United States in absorbing the numbers.
(Production: Roberto Ramirez, Josue Gonzalez, Carlos Carrillo, Paul Vieira)