Trump Warns Mexico on Migrant Caravan, Threatens to Close Border

Saturday, 20 Oct, 2018

USA secretary of state Mike Pompeo is preparing to set off on a tour of the region.

Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who takes office on December 1, wants to avoid repression against migrants and also avoid angering the United States. "And the step we took today, it's extremely important". "It's very important to have a relationship of friendship". On Thursday and Friday, the group clashed with police in the town and fought with them as Mexican man who was supporting the march was arrested.

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's ambassador to the United States, Geronimo Gutierrez, retweeted a news release announcing that Mexico has requested help from the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Typically, when a person manages to sneak into the United States through Mexico - regardless of whether they were from Mexico or some point farther south - they're detained and housed in the United States until their case is decided. "Tens of thousands more eventually made it north", it said.

Honduran migrants bound to the U.S border climbed into the bed of a truck in Zacapa, Guatemala, Wednesday.

And the president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has pledged to issue work visas for Central Americans in a bid to retain workers in the area rather than seeing them moving to the US.

Trump did not detail his military threat.

But Marcelo Ebrard, who has been picked as Mexico's next foreign minister, downplayed the comments and said Trump was appealing to his domestic political base.

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

Frustrated by Congress' failure to fully fund his proposed wall at the border with Mexico, Trump in April ordered National Guard personnel to help secure the border in four southwestern USA states.

On Twitter, Trump said he wanted "Mexico to stop this onslaught", or he will use the military to "CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER".

Honduran migrants wait outside the border between Guatemala and Mexico, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, om Friday.

On Thursday, Trump said he prioritizes border security over even the recently struck trade deal to replace NAFTA, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA.

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

President George W. Bush deployed the National Guard to assist in border security operations in 2006 and President Barack Obama did the same in 2010.

The latest focus is on more than 2,000 Hondurans who left last Saturday from the city of San Pedro Sula. There are no official estimates of the size of the group.

Waving Honduran flags and carrying umbrellas to protect against the sun, the migrants arrived earlier at the Guatemalan side of the muddy Suchiate River that divides the country from Mexico, noisily demanding they be let in.

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