Governor of Mexican State Coahuila: No More Migrants

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USA border patrol cars are seen through the fence of the bridge connecting Eagle Pass, Texas, with Piedras Negras, Mexico, near the banks of Rio Bravo, from Piedras Negras, Mexico, Feb. 7, 2019. The border is marked mainly by the Rio Grande and lacks the long sections of high barriers found in Tijuana.

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"Approximately 2,000 aliens have arrived in northern Mexico as part of a "caravan" seeking to cross the border into Texas". Most drugs are smuggled through legal ports of entry where a wall would have no effect, including the recent widely shared seizure of fentanyl and methamphetamine at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Arizona.

The march is set to begin near Bowie High School, pass the convention center holding Trump's event and finish at Chalio Acosta Sports Center - a one-mile trip along the US-Mexico border.

Total apprehensions of migrants at the southern border ticked down In January, in line with seasonal drops in illegal migration, according to monthly Customs and Border Protection data released Friday.

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"In the case of the state government, we will not allow more migrants to travel to Coahuila", Gov. Miguel Riquelme told reporters Wednesday. Another smaller group headed toward the neighboring state of Nuevo Leon.

The migrants are staying in an old warehouse that has been turned into a shelter.

According to state officials, the caravan includes 46 unaccompanied minors, aged 15-17.

Coahuila has always been plagued by the now-fragmented Zetas cartel as well as by colder weather.

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El Paso also is the hometown of former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who unsuccessfully challenged Republican Ted Cruz for his Senate seat a year ago.

Historically, Border Patrol most of the people apprehended have been adults from Mexico, but now 50 percent of apprehensions are families - primarily from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, the official said.

The U.N. refugee agency noted that Mexico had received 12,574 requests for humanitarian visas January 17-29, nearly all from migrants who left Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

The Reverend Robin Hoover, the head of Migrant Status Inc, who has spent 33 years working on border issues, blasted Trump's speech. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., a negotiator, said Democrats were showing some flexibility in the semantic dispute over the type of physical barriers they would accept while Republicans seemed potentially willing to limit where the structures might be built.

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