Trump Threatens Military Action If Mexico Doesn't Stop Migrant Caravan

Trump Threatens Military Action If Mexico Doesn't Stop Migrant Caravan

"There have been these caravans through the years, but they become prominent because the president tweets about them", Selee said.

Members of the caravan appeared unlikely to wait for the United Nations or for border crossings to be reopened.

Men float on rafts made from tractor inner tubes and wooden planks across the Suchiate River, between Guatemala and Mexico, on October 19.

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.

"That's a big step", he said at the time.

On Thursday, hundreds had walked to the river's edge where they sang the national anthems of Honduras and Guatemala.

"The president certainly can slow down crossing at legal border crossings where about a million people cross each day". "The Mexican government does not promote irregular or condone irregular immigration, but at the same time we can not close our eyes to humanitarian situation that has been presented".

Trump has made it clear to Mexico that he is monitoring its response. But that would probably enrage Trump, who appears to see Mexico's responsibility as stopping migrants from reaching the US border by any means. If Mexican police don't get the job done. this will get interesting.

Mexican police wearing anti-riot gear were waiting on the Mexican side.

"We're obviously sensitive to the humanitarian situation that we encounter, and we're acting precisely", Gutierrez added. He said they were "worried that things could escape rational margins".

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"Finally, the government of Mexico reiterates its commitments with the worldwide community's efforts in favor of safe, orderly and regular migration; and with the human rights of migrants". What would he do, have our soldiers shoot the would-be immigrants if they don't stop walking forward?

"We are not leaving because we want to", he said.

The "migrant caravan" slowly making its way towards the United States' southern border continued to grow Thursday morning; defying President Trump's repeated warnings as they trekked through Guatemala.

It's important to remember that for Mexico, migration isn't just about people coming into the country, Salazar says. Immigration officials said later in a statement that Mujica, who has dual U.S.

White House officials say if an individual evades the new system and reaches the U.S. border, Mexico will now allow the refugees to be returned to its country. Guatemalan troops are also said to be putting up resistance. The UNHCR will provide help evaluating the asylum claims of the migrants before they cross into the U.S.

But, possibly with an eye on November 6 polls that will determine whether Republicans retain control of Congress, Trump returned to the fiery rhetoric that has marked his past relations with Mexico. It raises the specter of martial law and violates the democratic principle of posse comitatus, which bars the military from carrying out law enforcement activities within the country.

Mexican president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador plans to offer work visas to Central Americans when he takes office in December.

"Nobody likes them (Trump's comments)". "What is important to us is the migrants, respect for human rights, their due protection, particularly the most vulnerable".

The "caravan" of migrants in question, believed to be several thousand strong, has been snaking its way north from Honduras since last weekend. In press interviews, the immigrants are gaining widespread popularity for denouncing the inequality, corruption and state violence that plague all of Central America.

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