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Thousands of Central American migrants have vowed to head for the U.S. border early on Saturday morning, rejecting an offer to apply for refugee status in Mexico with the contingency that they stayed in the country's two southernmost states

. 'This plan is only for those who comply with Mexican laws, and it's a first step towards a permanent solution for those who are granted refugee status in Mexico,' Pena Nieto said in a pre-recorded address broadcast on Friday afternoon

To qualify for the scheme he called 'Estas en Tu Casa' ('Make Yourself at Home') migrants had to be in the southern states of Chiapas and Oaxaca, Pena Nieto said

But on Friday, a resilient crowd in Arriaga said 'thank you' before adding that they were still 'heading north! for the border

'Our goal is not to remain in Mexico,' 58-year-old Oscar Sosa said to ABC News. 'Our goal is to make it to the (U

S). We want passage, that's all.' Sosa hailed from San Predo Sula, HondurasMexico's government has said that more than 1,700 people in the convoy have registered for asylum, while others have returned home

Estimates on the size of the group vary. . Share this article Share . A banner hanging over a bridge on the migrants' path read: 'Your hearts are brave, don't give up

'. Many people rushed to a nearby river in the afternoon to wash off the sweat of travel and extreme heat

A White House official said on Thursday that 'a wide range of administrative, legal and legislative options' were being considered regarding the migrants

President Trump was considering an executive order that would allow the U.S. to deny asylum seekers' claims if they enter illegally as part of the caravan

U.S. law permits foreigners who are fleeing persecution in their native countries to apply for asylum on U

S. soil. But Trump's executive order would suspend this statue for Central Americans as a matter of 'national security' in response to his claims that the caravan could contain criminals and terrorists

Department of Homeland Security Department Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Thursday that 'everything is on the table' as she addressed the situation

'If they come here illegally with no legitimate reason to stay, they absolutely will be apprehended and removed immediately,' she told Fox News

'They should be seeking refuge in Mexico. To ignore refuge and continue, in some cases, to come to the United States raises questions of what their real motives are

'She said, 'This caravan cannot come to the United States.They will not be allowed in

They will not be allowed to stay.

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