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The Latest: Mexico says no special treatment for caravan

Daisy Zuniga, a migrant from Puerto Cortez, Honduras, plays with her 4-month-old baby Glinder, as part of a group walking toward the U.S., in Chiquimula, Guatemala, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday to cut aid to Honduras if it doesn't stop the impromptu caravan of migrants, but it remains unclear if governments in the region can summon the political will to physically halt the determined border-crossers. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

CHIQUIMULA, Guatemala (AP) — The Latest on the caravan of migrants heading across Central America (all times local):

12:05 p.m.

Mexico’s government says people in a caravan of Honduran migrants headed for the U.S. will be treated the same as anyone else entering the country: That means those with proper documents can enter and those who don’t either have to apply for refugee status or face deportation.

In a joint statement Wednesday, Mexico’s Foreign Relations and Interior Departments said that anyone in the caravan with travel documents and a proper visa will be allowed to enter, and anyone who wants to apply for refugee status can do so.

But the statement said all cases must be processed individually, suggesting that authorities have no intention of letting the migrants simply cross the border en masse without going through standard immigration procedures.

It warned that anyone who enters Mexico in an “irregular manner” faces detention and deportation.

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9:10 a.m.

U.S. President Donald Trump is again tweeting his displeasure over a caravan of some 2,000 Hondurans trying to wend its way toward the United States.

He had already warned Central American governments to stop it or face a cutoff of U.S. aid. Now he’s targeting Democrats and urging Republicans to use border security as a political issue in the upcoming elections.

Trump says it’s “Hard to believe that with thousands of people from South of the Border, walking unimpeded toward our country in the form of large Caravans, that the Democrats won’t approve legislation that will allow laws for the protection of our country. Great Midterm issue for Republicans!”

He continues: “Republicans must make the horrendous, weak and outdated immigration laws, and the Border, a part of the Midterms!”

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7:20 a.m.

A caravan of some 2,000 Honduran migrants is on the road in Guatemala again, hoping to reach the United States, despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats to cut off aid to Central American countries that don’t stop them.

The weary migrants have begun to walk under a light rain. The day before they covered some 30 miles (50 kilometers) to arrive in Chiquimula, after crossing the border into Guatemala Monday. Some hitched rides while others walked, as the eagerness of some to make quick progress bridled at the need to remain together as a group for safety.

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