Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Mexico deploys hundreds of riot police as migrants near

Mexico deploys hundreds of riot police as migrants near

The president tweeted as a caravan of 2,000 to 4,000 migrants that began in Honduras was approaching Mexico, with the hope of crossing into the U.S.to escape poverty and violence in the Northern Triangle region.

While Trump is threatening to eliminate aid, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been pushing efforts to improve USA ties in Central America to reduce the flow of migrants.

Trump also informed that if necessary, he would deploy the U.S. military to its Southern border with Mexico to halt the migrants.

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.

They blame the Trump administration for backing the Honduran government, and accuse the USA president of scapegoating migrants and refugees.

Mexico in a statement Wednesday said that anyone who entered its country illegally would be processed and returned to their country of origin.

Military officials instructed troops to alert border agents if they encountered migrants, rather than intervene themselves except in cases of self defence.

"We're going to get in! They want to abolish ICE, which equals open borders", Homan said.

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The caravan arrived at the border in southern Mexico on Thursday but turned around Friday, the Associated Press reported. Dwindling in numbers along the way, the caravan totalled around 150 migrants by the time it reached Tijuana, at the United States border. At times Mexico has stepped up its immigration patrols along the border, but it has had more success patrolling the roads leading away from the crossing where migrants catch rides or walk along the roadside.

The map above shows the journey the caravan is taking from Honduras through Guatemala and up through Mexico into the U.S.

"Finally, the government of Mexico reiterates its commitments with the worldwide community's efforts in favor of safe, orderly and regular migration; and with the human rights of migrants". In April, he said in a meeting with foreign leaders that the U.S.is "going to be guarding our border with our military".

Trump has made it clear to Mexico that he is monitoring its response.

Marcelo Ebrard, who is set to become foreign relations secretary when President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador takes office December 1, said Trump's tweets need to be understood in the context of the upcoming US midterm elections.

"We have to secure that border once and for all", McCaul told Fox News.

The caravan has been growing steadily since it left the violent Honduran city of San Pedro Sula on Saturday.

Mexico did not immediately respond to Trump's latest tweets about immigration. He also gleefully pointed out that Gianforte's assault may have helped him win his election.

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