Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Migrant caravan: Mexico sends police to southern border

Migrant caravan: Mexico sends police to southern border

Donald Trump has threatened to cut aid to Central America and close his country's border with Mexico if a caravan of Honduran migrants marching toward the USA is not turned back.

After his tweeted threats to cut foreign aid payments to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador apparently failed to affect the massive caravan marching toward the U.S., President Trump ramped up the rhetoric and included a new target: Mexico.

Mexico has now requested that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees establish shelters along the border with Central America, a move both confirmed and welcomed by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Changes to detention rules saw thousands of migrant children detained and separated from their parents earlier this year, sparking national and global condemnation.

"They wanted that caravan and there are those that say that caravan didn't just happen", Mr. Trump said.

Illegal immigration is likely to be a top issue in November 6 US congressional elections. "We will address every case", he said.

Thousands of Honduran migrants are traveling through Guatemala, according to humanitarian aid groups.

However, by the end of Thursday, the USA president was also thanking Mexico for its efforts to contain the caravan.

The migrants say they organized for the long and hard journey on social media, but Washington suspects the group has been organized as a deliberate provocation.

Honduran migrants in a caravan heading to the United States, walk in direction of the border with Mexico as they leave Guatemala City on October 18, 2018.

Some have said they are fleeing violence and poverty in Honduras, where human rights activists have complained of constant human rights violations.

Mexican authorities prepared to receive the migrants and determine who would get refugee status and who will be deported back to their country.

Lopez Obrador, who takes office in December, said in the northern city of Saltillo on Thursday that he believed "an agreement can be reached" on the migration issue.

Late on Thursday night, a small number of the Honduran group who broke off from the main crowd were able to successfully cross over into Mexico. The UNHCR will provide help evaluating the asylum claims of the migrants before they cross into the U.S.

"This is a moral outrage", Schmidt said, invoking "slave auction blocks and separation of Native American families".

"It is a plan that we have, that anyone who wants to work in Mexico will have a work visa", he said.

Tension was palpable in Ciudad Hidalgo, a tiny tropical village in Mexico surrounded by rain forest and banana plantations that borders Tecun Uman in Guatemala, with the two towns separated by a muddy river.

"The electoral process is very near, so he is making a political calculation", Ebrard said in an interview with Radio Centro.

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