On Tuesday, the caravan of thousands of people was in Huixtla, Mexico, about 50 miles from the Mexico-Guatemala border, where numerous caravan's members skirted authorities and crossed in rafts.
Whether crossing Central America, the Sahara desert or the mountains of Afghanistan, migrants are regularly extorted by criminals, militias and corrupt immigration officials who know migrants make easy targets: They carry cash but not weapons.
The official said roughly 800 soldiers will be sent to the area to offer "logistical support", including providing tents and vehicles.
A senior administration official called the surge a "crisis".
Vice President Mike Pence earlier in the day asserted that "it's inconceivable that there are not people of Middle Eastern descent in a crowd of more than 7,000 people advancing toward our border".
"It's hard, and we know this country is risky too, but back in Honduras it's even more unsafe, they kill for nothing", said Josena Anibal Mejia, 27, as he walked with his daughter. He says those trying to enter the U.S.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was expected to sign an order as early as Thursday to send 800 or more additional troops to the southern border to support the Border Patrol, according to a USA official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly because the details had not yet been finalized. "That U.S. aid never reached us anyway".
Parents say they keep going for their children's futures, and fears of what could happen to them back home in gang-dominated Honduras, which was the main motivation for deciding to leave in the first place.
President Donald Trump's administration has expressed alarm at the change in the makeup of migrants attempting to cross into the United States from mostly single adults to children and families traveling together.
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They were surviving on little more than mangos and had applied for refugee status in Mexico when the caravan passed last week, and the family decided joining it was their best chance.
"You could say the one who benefits most is him", he said.
A senior administration official on Tuesday called the US asylum system "the world's largest immigration loophole". A total of 397,000 migrants were arrested in the 2018 fiscal year, which ended in September, a marked increase over the 304,000 apprehended in 2017.
The number of Border Patrol members hit 20,000 in 2016. At its peak, it numbered about 1,500 people, according to Alex Mensing, project co-ordinator with Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the transnational group that organized it.
The data indicating a rise in illegal migration was released as Trump has ratcheted up his rhetoric against immigrants before the midterms. She paid about $10 for three separate bus tickets, traveling for 16 hours, making it to the border on time to catch the caravan.
The caravan of thousands of people bent on illegally entering the United States includes gang members or people with "significant criminal histories", Homeland Security Department spokesman Tyler Houlton stated in an October 23 tweet.
Another migrant caravan bound for the US-Mexico border is forming in Central America, and federal officials in the United States are keeping their eyes on it, an official with the Department of Homeland Security told CNN on Tuesday.
It was the latest effort to thrust immigration politics into the national conversation in the closing weeks of the congressional elections.
Candy Guillermo, 37, said she had heard from others in the caravan that Trump meant to send more USA troops to the border. Honduras has a homicide rate of about 43 per 100,000 inhabitants, one of the highest in the world for any country not in open war. A Venezuela Information Ministry official declined to comment.