A MIGRANT child pleads for a second bag of donated food for her family, in Tapanatepec, Mexico, Sunday. Thousands of migrants, who are part of a caravan of Central Americans trying to reach the US border, took a break in Tapanatepec, on their long journey. AP African News Agency (ANA)
A US-bound caravan of Central American migrants pressed on through southern Mexico on Saturday, in spite of government offers of jobs, as authorities stepped up efforts to disperse the convoy that has angered US President Donald Trump.

Mexican police briefly blocked the march of men, women and children as they neared Oaxaca state before dawn, to relay the offer of temporary identification papers, jobs or education for those seeking asylum in Mexico.

Trump has threatened to send troops to the US border and cut aid to Central America to try to stop the group of several thousand people that left Honduras two weeks ago.

Estimates vary significantly on the group’s size. More than 1700 people in the convoy have applied for asylum, while others have returned home, according to Mexico’s government. By Saturday, more than 100 migrants opted to seek refugee status.

“We’re going to the United States. Because that’s our dream,” said 28-year-old Honduran Daniel Leonel Esteves at the head of a 50-person wide column of migrants snaking down a highway.