Mexico has deployed hundreds of police, helicopters and boats to its southern border with Guatemala on Monday in an attempt to stop the approaching immigrant caravan from entering illegally.
"Members of this group are much more violent and aggressive” than the earlier immigrants who are now crossing southern Mexico, the head of Mexico’s migration agency, Gerardo Elías García, told The Wall Street Journal.
The news comes one day after violent clashes at the border between immigrants and Mexican police, in which one Honduran man reportedly died.
Volunteer firefighters told NBC News that one man died after sustaining a head wound from a rubber bullet. They added that dozens were injured in the fighting.
The Mexican ambassador to the U.S., Gerónimo Gutiérrez, said last week that Mexico would enforce its borders to the best of its ability, with as little violence as possible.
"Mexican government does not condone or promote illegal immigration," Gutiérrez told Fox News' Brian Kilmeade.
Members of the migrant caravan that have already breached the border and are moving north requested "safe and dignified" transportation to Mexico City as they make their way to the U.S.
The U.S. government is also reinforcing its border as the migrant caravans approach, announcing Monday that it is deploying 5,200 American soldiers to help hold the border.
President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift MORE has repeatedly urged the caravans to turn around, tweeting Monday, "Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process. This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!"
Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border. Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process. This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2018