Caravan migrants turn back at Mexico border

Fredrick Soto
October 20, 2018

President Trump's watching his worst nightmare unfold - more than 1,500 immigrants marching from Honduras to the USA, and he's vowing our troops will stop them. if Mexico can't get the job done.

Images like this caught Trump's eye Thursday morning, and he started leveling a slew of threats - including cutting off aid to Central American countries and demanding Mexico intervene.

Mexico's foreign ministry says government officials at its southern border with Guatemala have started assisting the early arrivals from a caravan of some 3,000 Honduran migrants that has drawn sharp criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump.

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

A similar caravan of migrants made the journey to the USA in April, taking the same route from Honduras to the United States, via Guatemala and Mexico. "All Democrats fault for weak laws!"

The caravan of about 4,000 people from Central America were nearing the Mexico-Guatemala border. One migrant said: 'One way or another, we will pass'.

A deal emerged Thursday night between the United States and Mexico to avert an approaching crisis triggered by the second caravan of illegal immigrants of 2018 heading toward the United States.

USA -bound migrant caravans have been going on for years - with traveling in numbers seen as offering protection from assaults, robberies, even shakedowns by police.

Guatemala has closed its border gate and is standing guard with dozens of troops and two armored jeeps.

"Ebrard, Mexico's incoming foreign minister told local radio that he was not surprised by Trump's comments".

Though it began with just a couple hundred Hondurans headed for the United States, the support flowing in from leftist organizers and funders has grown this new caravan of hopeful immigrants into the thousands.

Mexico's ambassador to Guatemala says his country has made a decision to enforce a policy of "metered entry" since thousands of migrants are clamoring to cross.

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

On Wednesday, an advance group of exhausted migrants reached Guatemala City where they took refuge in a church-sponsored shelter. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement saying "while we are passionate about solving the issue of illegal immigration, we are not angry at one another".

As the mass of humanity 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 before attempting a mass crossing into Mexico.

The migrant caravan will be on top of the agenda, USA officials say.

Hundreds of other members of the caravan who are lagging behind are expected to join the group that is gathered at the border.

Despite the show of force, senior Mexican government officials say they won't use force against migrants.

Those without legitimate claims will be sent to their home countries, Gutierrez said. "But it becomes much harder when President Trump makes this a political issue in which he bashes Mexico".

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