Mexican officials say the Hondurans won’t be allowed to enter as a group, and would either have to show a passport and visa — something few apparently have — or apply individually for refugee status, a process that can mean waiting for up to 90 days for approval.
Mexico’s ambassador to Guatemala, Luis Manuel Lopez Moreno, met with leaders of the caravan Wednesday and warned them that Hondurans caught without papers in Mexico would be deported.
Immigration along the southern border has sharply increased in recent months after the Trump Administration was forced to walk back a policy that separated migrant families at the border. According to The Washington Post, Border Patrol agents arrested more than 16,600 family members last month, an 80 percent increase from arrests in July.
Trump's tweets came one day before a scheduled meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, according to Reuters.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.