Scenes of the caravan as Honduran migrants push north

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Scenes of the caravan as Honduran migrants push north

Aerial view of a Honduran migrant caravan heading to the US, as it is stopped at a border barrier on the Guatemala-Mexico international bridge in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas state, Mexico, on October 19, 2018. 
Pedro Pardo | AFP | Getty Images

Thousands of migrants from Honduras slowly push north as they attempt to cross into Mexico via Guatemala, en route to the U.S. border. The migrant caravan is increasingly becoming a humanitarian crisis as the migrants battle heat, exhaustion and a dangerous passage.

The Mexican government has closed its southern borders indefinitely. President Donald Trump has threatened to close the U.S.-Mexico border if the migrant caravan continues north.

But the migrants vow to keep pushing through, finding alternative routes north. The following are some of the harrowing scenes developing around the border between Guatemala and Mexico.

Pictured above: Aerial view of a Honduran migrant caravan heading to the U.S., as it is stopped at a border barrier on the Guatemala-Mexico international bridge in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas state, Mexico, on Oct. 19.

  • Crossing the Suchiate River

    Central American migrants, part of a caravan trying to reach the U.S., wade across the Suchiate River to avoid the border checkpoint in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, on Oct. 20.

    Central American migrants, part of a caravan trying to reach the U.S., cross the Suchiate River to avoid the border checkpoint in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, October 20, 2018. 
    Edgard Garrido | Reuters
  • Mexico closes southern border

    A Mexican riot policeman shields an immigrant mother and child from flying rocks during a clash between police and the migrant caravan on the border between Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, and Ciudad Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 19. A faceoff occurred when the caravan of thousands of migrants tried to enter Mexico after pushing past Guatemalan security forces. The caravan pried open the gate into Mexico but were pushed back by Mexican riot police. Some immigrants threw stones at police, who then fired tear gas into the crowd.

    A Mexican riot policeman shields an immigrant mother and child from flying rocks during a clash between police and the migrant caravan on the border between Mexico and Guatemala on October 19, 2018 in Ciudad Tecun Uman, Guatemala. A faceoff occurred when the caravan of thousands of migrants tried to enter Mexico after pushing past Guatemalan security forces. The caravan pried open the gate into Mexico but were pushed back by Mexican riot police. Some immigrants threw stones at police who then fired tear gas into the crowd.  
    John Moore | Getty Images News | Getty Images
  • Storming the border

    A Honduran migrant protects his child after fellow migrants stormed a border checkpoint in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, on Oct.19.

    A Honduran migrant protects his child after fellow migrants, part of a caravan trying to reach the U.S., stormed a border checkpoint in Guatemala, in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico October 19, 2018.
    Ueslei Marcelino | Reuters 
  • Exhausting journey north

    A Honduran migrant boy carries a bag as he takes part in a caravan heading to the U.S. on the road linking Ciudad Hidalgo and Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, on Oct. 21.

    A Honduran migrant boy carries a bag as he takes part in a caravan heading to the US on the road linking Ciudad Hidalgo and Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, on October 21, 2018. 
    Pedro Pardo | AFP | Getty Images
  • Tent cities emerge

    A child who is part of the Honduran migrant caravan headed to the U.S. stands next to tents at the International Mesoamerican Fair's venue in Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, on Oct. 22.

    A Honduran migrant child heading in a caravan to the US, is seen next to tents at the International Mesoamerican Fair's venue in Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, on October 22, 2018. 
    Pedro Pardo | AFP | Getty Images
  • Catching a ride

    Honduran migrants climb on a bus during a new leg of their travel, in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Oct. 18.

    Honduran migrants, part of a caravan trying to reach the U.S., climb on a bus during a new leg of their travel, in Guatemala City, Guatemala October 18, 2018. 
    Edgard Garrido | Reuters
  • Determined to cross

    Honduran migrants heading in a caravan to the U.S. hold a crying baby while they struggle to cross one of the gates of the Guatemala-Mexico border bridge in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas state, Mexico, on Oct. 19.

    Honduran migrants heading in a caravan to the US, hold up a crying baby while they struggle to cross one of the gates of the Guatemala-Mexico international border bridge in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas state, Mexico, on October 19, 2018. 
    Pedro Pardo | AFP | Getty Images
  • Crowded transport

    Honduran migrants aboard a truck in Metapa on their way to Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, on Oct. 22.

    Honduran migrants taking part in a caravan heading to the US, aboard a truck in Metapa on their way to Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico on October 22, 2018. 
    Pedro Pardo | AFP | Getty Images
  • Honduras-Guatemala border closure

    Honduran migrants stand in front of Honduran police blocking access to the Agua Caliente border with Guatemala as they try to join a migrant caravan heading to the U.S., in the municipality of Ocotepeque, Honduras, Oct. 19.

    Honduras immigrants stand in front of Honduran police officers blocking the access to the Agua Caliente border with Guatemala as they try to join a migrant caravan heading to the U.S., in the municipality of Ocotepeque, Honduras October 19, 2018. 
    Jorge Cabrera | Reuters
  • Route to the USA

    A man points at a map amid a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America as they walk towards Tapachula from Ciudad Hidalgo while en route to the United States, in Frontera Hidalgo, Mexico, Oct. 21.

    A man points at a map amidst a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America as they walk towards Tapachula from Ciudad Hidalgo while en route to the United States, in Frontera Hidalgo, Mexico October 21, 2018. 
    Adrees Latif | Reuters
  • Mexico closes its southern border

    Migrants bound for the U.S.-Mexico border wait on a bridge that stretches over the Suchiate River, connecting Guatemala and Mexico, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, Oct. 19. The gated entry into Mexico via the bridge has been closed.

    Migrants bound for the U.S.-Mexico border wait on a bridge that stretches over the Suchiate River, connecting Guatemala and Mexico, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018.
    Oliver de Ros | AP
  • Perilous river crossings

    Honduran migrants cross the Suchiate River, a natural border between Guatemala and Mexico, in makeshift rafts, in Ciudad Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 21.

    Honduran migrants heading in a caravan to de US, cross the Suchiate River, natural border between Guatemala and Mexico, in makeshift rafts, in Ciudad Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on October 21, 2018. 
    Orlando Sierra | AFP | Getty Images
  • Humanitarian crisis grows

    A paramedic checks the blood pressure of a migrant taking part in a caravan heading to the U.S., at the main square in Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, on Oct. 21.

    A paramedic checks the blood pressure of a migrant taking part in a caravan heading to the US, at the main square in Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, on October 21, 2018. 
    Johan Ordonez | AFP | Getty Images
  • USA bound or bust

    A Central American migrant is pictured after crossing the Suchiate River to avoid the border checkpoint in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, Oct. 20.

    A Central American migrant, part of a caravan trying to reach the U.S, is pictured after crossing the Suchiate river to avoid the border checkpoint in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, October 20, 2018. 
    Edgard Garrido | Reuters