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A group of around 300 migrants left the El Salvador capital on foot on Sunday heading for the border with Guatemala in the hope of eventually realizing the "American dream" and reaching the United States.

But while Quinteros, who took part in El Salvador's 1980-92 civil war, said it was "painful" to leave his three children behind, he said the United States is "the country of opportunities". He says federal police were attacked with "stones, firecrackers, glass bottles and glass bottles", and some of the aggressors were carrying firearms and gasoline bombs.

The caravan still must travel 1,000 miles to reach the nearest USA border crossing at McAllen, Texas, and the trip could be twice as long if the group of some 4,000 migrants heads for the Tijuana-San Diego frontier, as another caravan did earlier this year.

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said Friday that the agency wasn't considering plans to have troops enforce immigration law. Others went to soak themselves in the nearby Novillero river.

Most of the members of this caravan on Sunday postponed their departure from San Pedro Tapanatepec, in Oaxaca state, to reorganise their security measures after a fight occurred on Saturday night in which one person was injured. When a man with a megaphone asked people to wait their turn, some men hurled insults at him. Police rescued the man as he was being beaten and took him to a hospital for treatment, though his condition was not immediately clear. Many in the caravan have been on the road for more than two weeks, since the group first formed in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

On Sunday, several in the caravan took to microphones to denounce the attack.

Some 150 Salvadorans, including women and children, on Sunday began heading northwards toward the U.S. looking for better living conditions, just like the other groups.

Others complained of trekkers smoking marijuana or warned that images of litter and uneaten food made them appear disrespectful.

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There's the main one out of Honduras, numbering in the thousands, which is still 1,000 miles from the Texas border.

The US will deploy 5,000 troops to the southern border in response to the thousands of Central American migrants headed to America - up from the initial estimate of 800, according to reports Monday.

Mexico's Interior Ministry said that temporary identity numbers have been issued to 111 migrants under the program.

"There are people fainting, there are wounded", said Rojas, who spoke to The Associated Press after dropping off a group of women and children in Tapantapec, where the caravan planned to spend the night in the town square.

The trip could be twice as long if the 4,000 or so migrants head for the Tijuana-San Diego frontier, as another caravan did earlier this year.

"If something happens to you, someone will help you", said Jessica Yamileth Zabaleta Guzman, 24, who is traveling with her partner and their 1-year-old son. Many have said they are coming to the U.S.to seek a better life, which would not qualify them for asylum under USA laws.

The group has received some assistance from Mexican federal agencies, the AP reported, but has pledged it will push forward in its journey toward the southern USA border.

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