Will Mexican authorities stop US-bound migrant caravan?
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Oct 20, 2018,
Oct 20, 2018, 0:31
Honduran migrants who have made their way through Central America were gathering at Guatemala's northern border with Mexico on Friday, despite President Donald Trump's threat to deploy the military to stop them entering the United States.
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.
He also threatened to send in the U.S. military to "CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!" and keep out "MANY CRIMINALS" among the migrants.
He instead deployed the National Guard to the border.
Others shouted, "We are not smugglers, we are immigrants!". He added that he was concerned by the USA president's threats, but "you have to keep fighting".
Significantly, the deal also reportedly includes an agreement by Mexico to accept any non-Mexican who breaks away from the caravan and makes it into the U.S. This is important because under long-standing practice, Mexico accepts only Mexican citizens deported from this country.
A Honduran migrant holds a sign that reads in Spanish "Donald Trump".
The migrant caravan is heading north as the U.S. mid-term elections approach, and Donald Trump lost no opportunity to comment as he addressed a rally of supporters in Montana.
Despite the show of force, senior Mexican government officials say they won't use force against migrants.
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.
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He said "many criminals" were coming into the United States from Central America.
Two Central American migrants wait for the train siting on the railway tracks in the Guadalajara Metropolitan area, Mexico on August 10, 2018.
The caravan, of initially 1,600 people, took off last Friday and has been on the road ever since.
The Mexican government has sought assistance from the United Nations refugee agency to help process migrants claiming refugee status at the southern border, a step that could allow it to disperse the train of people and placate Trump.
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales on Wednesday dismissed threatened curbs to foreign aid, and said he had spoken with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez about ensuring the migrants who want to return home can do so safely.
"The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA", Trump tweeted.
Arriving on the Mexican side of a border bridge, they were met by a phalanx of police with riot shields.
"We have evidence that this caravan is also very much politically motivated", he claimed.
In addition to this latest caravan now at the Mexico-Guatemala border, a USA border patrol official tells CBS News there has been an increase in large groups attempting to cross into the US together.