Trump threatens to send military against immigrant ‘onslaught’

After US President Donald Trump made several threats to cut foreign aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador if they did not halt the migration caravan, he applauded Mexico for sending troops to the border.

A caravan of some 3,000 migrants fleeing Honduras is continuing to walk north to the U.S. border, as Trump threatened to deploy the military and close the U.S. -Mexico border. If Mexico ultimately cracks down on the caravan, it would be seen as a coup for the administration in the United States - especially among Trump's supporters -and would speak to how successful efforts to build bridges with the Mexican government have been, even as Trump continues to boast about building a border wall.

He did not seem concerned about Trump's threat to close the U.S. -Mexico border, saying the threat should be viewed in light of the hotly contested midterm elections in the United States, in which Trump has made border security a major campaign issue.

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.

It was the second time in six months that Trump suggested the possibility of military action to curb immigration at the U.S. -Mexico border.

Vigil said he believes Trump is partly to blame for the recent exodus from Honduras because of USA involvement in the country's contested presidential election a year ago.

A caravan of impoverished emigrants is making its way north from Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras.

Mr Trump returned to the issue on Thursday adding: "Hard to believe that with thousands of people from South of the Border, walking unimpeded toward our country in the form of large Caravans, that the Democrats won't approve legislation that will allow laws for the protection of our country".

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.

In Mexico, authorities say that any immigrant who crosses the border illegally will be deported. During a presidential debate, Lopez Obrador indicated his administration would stop doing "dirty work" for the United States by detaining Central American migrants.

Mexico says people arriving at the border will be able to apply for refugee status, and has asked for help from the United Nations refugee agency.

Honduran migrants rush across the border towards Mexico, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018.

The caravan, of initially 1,600 people, took off last Friday and has been on the road ever since. It was unclear if they were trying to swim across to the Mexico side of border, back to Guatemala or just get relief from the crowds on the bridge.

"We have evidence that this caravan is also very much politically motivated", he claimed.


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