After Mexican authorities used public force to stop the migrant caravan from entering Mexico from the Guatemalan border, Mexico's Secretary of the Interior Alfonso Navarrete revealed that US President Donald Trump offered them US$20 million to stop undocumented migration.
They are thought to be people who had been waiting on the bridge over the Suchiate River or in the Guatemalan town of Tecun Uman and who made a decision to cross during the night.
"Why would I want to go to the United States if I'm going to be persecuted" there as well, she said.
Many Central Americans in a mass caravan at the Mexican border with Guatemala appear inclined to apply for any kind of refugee status in Mexico, even though most initially meant to make it to the United States. After Mexican authorities slowed access through the border bridge to a crawl, hundreds of migrants began boarding rafts or wading across the river and crossing into Mexico illegally.
"In Mexico, we have the rule of law, and we shall apply-enforce the law, but there will also be a humanitarian way that we will think about the migrant in the first place", said Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray, minister of foreign affairs, to reporters in Mexico City.
"No, I'll fight. I'll try again", said Honduran Hilda Rosa as her four teenage children sat upright, beaming as she pumped the air with her fist.
"UNHCR is concerned that the mobilization of such a large number of people in a single group will overwhelm the capacities that exist in the region", he told a news conference.
Group of thousands of migrants from Central America on journey to USA ahead of midterm elections.
With a homicide rate of 43 per 100,000 citizens, Honduras is one of the most violent countries in the world. Black said she thought Mr. Trump was talking about the caravan to get people to the polls.
Some were distrustful of buses that arrived to ferry the women, children and elderly migrants to be processed, the AP noted.
"So as of this moment, I thank Mexico", Trump said Friday at an event in Scottsdale, Arizona.
"We're just making sure they pass safely and then we'll steer them" to a migrants shelter outside the city center of Tapachula, about 20 miles (32 km) northwest of the border.
"Please let us in, we want to work!" they entreated agents at the main gate. About 640 migrants have requested asylum in Mexico and 2,200 remain camped on a bridge connecting Guatemala and Mexico, according to statements by the Mexican Government.
In recent days, as the much-publicized caravan traversed Guatemala, Mexico dispatched planeloads of federal police and other authorities in anticipation of an influx. "We're going to figure it out", he said, suggesting his administration has a solution but planned to keep that information "low key until the election".
Officers who would not identify themselves say their instructions are to maintain the flow of traffic, not to stop the caravan.
Earlier on October 20, the presidents of Honduras and Guatemala said around 2,500 migrants were repatriated to their respective countries.
An estimated 10% of the population of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras have fled danger, forced gang recruitment and dismal economic opportunities.
"So as of this moment, I thank Mexico", Trump said Friday at an event in Scottsdale, Ariz. "If that doesn't work out, we're calling up the military - not the Guard".
Mexican authorities also have said they're asking for help from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to process migrants seeking refugee status.
"They're not coming into this country", Trump added.