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'They might as well turn back', Trump tells migrants stuck at Mexican border

Published:Saturday | October 20, 2018 | 1:45 PM
Some of the migrants took drastic measures to try and avoid the border checkpoint
Women, children and the elderly are among the thousands of migrants trying to get to the US

Thousands of people travelling across Central America en route to the United States (US) are now stuck on Mexico's southern border after a failed attempt to enter the country.

The migrants include mostly women and children from Honduras who say they are fleeing violence and poverty.

There are reports that some of the migrants broke through Guatemalan border fences before clashing with Mexican riot police in no man's land.

According to reports, several persons were injured, including migrants, police and journalists.

The British Broadcasting Corporation reports that a number of migrants jumped into the Suchiate River to reach rafts while others either turned back towards Guatemala or simply sat down on the bridge.

US President Donald Trump has maintained a hardline position against the migrants, threatening to close down the US border and cut aid to countries that allow the caravan to pass.

He also indicated that the military would be called upon if needed.

"They might as well turn back, they're not coming into this country," he told reporters on Friday.

Trump also thanked Mexico for its efforts in stopping the caravan of migrants.

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