Migrants, police mass in town on Guatemala-Mexico border

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 19, 2018

In another, he suggested that the "onslaught" of immigrants could undermine a recently announced reworked trade deal with Mexico and Canada, writing that immigration is "far more important to me, as President, than Trade".

The Mexican ambassador to the USA made the claim that they had reason to believe the migrant caravan from Honduras heading to the US border was politically motivated.

It's unclear how he intends to close the entire US-Mexico border and he already earlier this year called up some military units to do border security.

Trump did not detail his military threat, nor his comments on the trilateral trade deal.

The president's tweets come after more than 2,000 Honduran migrants hoping to come to the US resumed their travel northward Wednesday even hours after Trump warned "anybody entering the United States illegally will be arrested and detained" in a tweet.

Numerous more than 2,000 Hondurans in a migrant caravan trying to wend its way to the United States left spontaneously with little more than the clothes on their backs and what they could quickly throw into backpacks.

Mexican authorities have said that members of the caravan will be treated like anybody else seeking to enter Mexican territory: Those with proper documentation will be allowed to pass while anybody entering the country "in an irregular manner" will be apprehended and, if appropriate, returned to their home country.

Mexico says it will ask the United Nations refugee office for help with the arrival of several thousand Honduran migrants at its southern border. The migrants have begun arriving at the Guatemalan side of the Mexican border.

Trump said migrants in the caravan were being used by his political opponents.

The Honduran government has urged people not to join the caravan, but the government of Guatemala is powerless to stop its progress, as citizens of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua can freely move between the four countries showing only an ID card.

As with a similar march in April, organizers of the march claim they will claim refugee status when they reach the USA border with Mexico. Trump tweeted, adding that he blamed Democrats for what he called "weak laws!"

Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said in the northern city of Saltillo on Thursday that his designated foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, would speak with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday to explore a solution to the caravan issue. Cooperating with the US on strict border policies has been met with a serious backlash in Mexico and contributed to the election of incoming-President Andres Obrador.

This week, Trump, who has made combating illegal immigration a cornerstone of his political career, has pointed to the caravan making its way from Honduras as part of his efforts to galvanize Republicans ahead of the midterms.

Marcelo Ebrard, Lopez Obrador's pick to become foreign relations secretary after he takes office, said Trump's tweets needed to be understood in the context of the upcoming US midterm elections.

The group has swollen in size since leaving San Pedro Sula, one of the world's most risky cities, on Friday.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said on Wednesday his government dismissed threatened constraints placed on foreign aid.

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