Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Bound migrant caravan reaches Mexico

Bound migrant caravan reaches Mexico

President Trump has threatened to send troops to close the USA border with Mexico if the country fails to stop the "onslaught" of migrants from Central America, as White House tensions erupted in a heated exchange between two of his closest aides.

Mexican officials are desperately seeking a way to block the migrants after President Trump earlier Thursday threatened to cancel the U.S.

Thursday's comments were not the first time Trump has threatened to close down the southern border entirely.

Stretching nearly 2,000 miles (3,200 km), the US-Mexican border is one of the busiest in the world, processing thousands of commuters daily and much of the half a trillion dollars of annual trade between Mexico and the United States. In April, the president did deploy the National Guard to assist at the border, a move previously done by both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.

A caravan of vehicles carrying more than 2,000 migrants left last Saturday from the northern Honduran city of San Pedro Sula after organizing themselves on social media.

In a joint statement Wednesday, Mexico's Foreign Relations and Interior departments said that anyone in the caravan with travel documents and a proper visa would be allowed to enter, and that anyone who wanted to apply for refugee status could do so.

Hundreds of federal police in riot gear fanned out on the global bridge in Suchiate, on the Mexican-Guatemalan border, as the caravan of several thousand Honduran migrants trekked toward the crossing.

If unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!

No evidence of criminal affiliations among the migrants screened or interviewed by reporters in the area has emerged so far.

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That plea came after Mr. Trump threatened to withhold tens of millions of dollars in USA assistance from countries who didn't attempt to stop the migrants.

"We will offer jobs, work to Central Americans".

Trump ran for president in 2016 on promises to toughen US immigration policies and build a wall along the USA border with Mexico.

But it added that all cases must be processed individually, suggesting Mexican authorities have no intention of letting the migrants simply cross the border en masse without going through standard immigration procedures.

The exhausted travelers, the majority from Honduras, dispersed to the local migrant shelter and parks where volunteers offered them food.

An immigration enforcement advocate is encouraged by the efforts being made to stop a caravan of migrants from reaching the United States illegally.

"In compliance with current national legislation, any person who enters the country in an irregular manner, will be rescued and subject to an administrative procedure and, where appropriate, will be returned to their country of origin, in a safe and orderly manner", Mexico's secretaries of Foreign Affairs and the Interior said in a joint statement.

The threat came in a series of angry tweets about immigration in which he also warned that he could stop funding to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and again falsely accused Democrats of wanting "open borders" and "weak laws". Trump said in one tweet.

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