Oct. 19 (UPI) -- About 3,000 Honduran migrants cut through a police barrier at Mexico's border with Guatemala and dispersed into Mexican territory as they advance to the U.S.
The migrants, including men, women and children, walked across the Tecun Uman border post between Mexico and Guatemala and entered into Mexican territory while Mexican police watched passively, La Prensa reported. They overcame a barrier of dozens of anti-riot police and military in armored vehicles as well as metal bars.
The newspaper reported that estimates ranged from 3,000 to 4,000 people. Most of them had departed Honduras on Friday, it said.
President Donald Trump has criticized Honduras and other Central America countries for allowing the caravan to move forward, threatening to cut off aid to them while sending U.S. troops to the southern U.S. border.
Mexican newspaper El Universal reported that Mexico's ministries of the interior and foreign affairs issued a joint statement saying the migrants will be arrested if they enter the country.
"Every individual that enters the country through illegal means will be arrested and subject to administrative proceedings and, if necessary, will be deported to their country of origin," the joint statement said.
The newspaper reported that more than 3,000 Honduras migrants began the journey last weekend and reached the Migrants House of San Marcos diocese in Tecun Umen, Guatemala, near the southern Mexico border Thursday.
Humanitarian groups have said hundreds more are also traveling through El Salvador on their way to Guatemala.
Some of the migrants have found sleeping accommodations in shelters along the way while accepting food and money from strangers.
"There is a humanitarian crisis going on and we need to call it what it is," Geronimo Gutierrez, Mexico's ambassador to the United States, told CBS News.
Trump, though, said "many criminals" are part of the caravan and warned Mexico against permitting the "onslaught."