Trump Warns Mexico on Migrant Caravan, Threatens to Close Border

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20 October, 2018

Some 4,000 migrants fled their lives of poverty and violence in the Central American country with the hope of making it to the United States - despite repeated warnings from President Trump that he would deploy the U.S. military to stop them.

In a series of tweets, Trump blamed Democrats, leaders of Central American countries and "existing weak laws" for the influx.

President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to deploy the military and close the southern U.S. border if Mexico does not halt a caravan of Central America migrants heading north, raising the risk of huge disruptions to trade.

President Donald Trump threatened today to scrap a crucial trade deal and send soldiers to close the USA southern border in response to a large caravan of Central American immigrants now heading toward the United States.

In a series of raging tweets, the United States president urged Mexico to "stop this onslaught" and prevent the would-be immigrants from entering the US.

"One way or another, the way Mexico treats the undocumented immigrants from Central America affects Mexico's position in how it can criticize the USA government for its treatment of undocumented Mexican immigrants in the United States", Salazar told CNN en Español.

He said "many criminals" were coming into the USA from Central America.

He was referring to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which is awaiting ratification.

Pompeo is headed to meetings inMexico City with a message for leaders there about the massive caravan of migrants: Stop them before they reach the USA border.

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Dozens of Arizona National Guard members were among those deployed to the border.

Carlos Lopez, 27, said he was hopeful of securing a 40-day work visa in Mexico.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A Honduran migrant, part of a caravan trying to reach the USA, and her daughter at a migrant shelter in Guatemala City Why are they leaving? "He's making a political calculation", Ebrard said, adding that migrants arriving to Mexico without a visa would need to apply for refugee status.

Juan Escobar, 24, who was among the Honduran migrants in the caravan, said such rhetoric would not dissuade them from continuing the journey.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised the Mexican government. Believing their chances of entering the USA are greater in numbers, the migrants have been hitching rides and hiking through Guatemala, with the aim of approaching the U.S. through Mexico.

Frustrated by Congress' failure to fully fund his proposed wall, Trump in April ordered National Guard personnel to help secure the border in four southwestern USA states. As they were passing though Guatemala, he threatened to withdraw aid from Central American nations if they didn't stop the migrants.

Their objective now is to regroup and press on towards the border with Mexico.

"We have been here since 4 a.m.", said Veliz.

As the caravan strung out from Guatemala City to the border, it was unclear whether those who made it the farthest would wait for their countrymen to arrive to attempt a mass crossing into Mexico. "But it becomes much harder when President Trump makes this a political issue in which he bashes Mexico".


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