After a series of threatening tweets by US President Donald Trump in which he stated that Congress should "use Nuclear Option if necessary, to stop the massive inflow of Drugs and People," and then continued by stating that Mexico "has the absolute power to not let these large 'Caravans' of people enter their country," the Mexican authorities reacted and vowed to disband the ‘caravan’ of more than a thousand illegal immigrants today.
Mexico’s immigration department has now stated it would issue one-year humanitarian visas to the most vulnerable people in the large group and allow others to submit applications within the month to stay in Mexico for the time being. Any that do not follow these guidelines, will be requested to exit the country within 20 days.
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Mr Jo Rodriguez, the federal representative in Oaxaca of Mexico's National Migration Institute, stated: "They cannot continue travelling illegally. You cannot negotiate with the law."
The majority of the large group now remains in a park in Matias Romero, Oaxaca. The director of Pueblos Sin Fronteras, Ms Irineo Mujica, understood that arriving in such a large group would become problematic: "It's going to be impossible for us to arrive to the border with 1,000 people. But since we're refugees, they should treat us like refugees."
Ms Mujica claims the group will hold consultations with a group of Mexican and American immigration lawyers when they reach the state of Puebla.
Mr Jorge Luiz, one of the immigrants from Honduras, said: "Trump is treating us as though we were terrorists."
Most of the group remains distrustful of the sudden change by Mexico to grant them documents now. Mr Luiz said: "I hope that they comply with what they're promising us, instead of leaving us like brides at the altar."