Trump threatens to send army to US-Mexico border in migrant row

Trump threatens to send army to US-Mexico border in migrant row

Kerry Wise
October 20, 2018

The caravan caused the Mexican government to announce it would enforce immigration laws and turn back those who did not obtain a visa to travel through country.

"It's a challenge that Mexico is facing, and that's how I expressed it to Secretary Pompeo", Mr. Videgaray told a news conference alongside his US counterpart.

"The Mexican government does not condone irregular immigration ..."

Despite the threat, the caravan grew in size to more than 4,000, pushing President Donald Trump to state he would remove all financial aid to Central American countries if the migration was not halted.

After police held off the migrants, they closed the border gates again.

With less than three weeks before the November 6 midterm elections, Trump seized on the migrant caravan to make border security a political issue and energise his Republican base.

Trump tweeted on Thursday, adding that he blamed Democrats for what he called "weak laws!"

"One way or another, the way Mexico treats the undocumented immigrants from Central America affects Mexico's position in how it can criticize the USA government for its treatment of undocumented Mexican immigrants in the United States", Salazar told CNN en Español.

Pompeo said he and Videgaray spoke of the importance of stopping the caravan before it reaches the USA border.

The head of Mexico's federal police says the first two buses have arrived at the Mexico-Guatemala border crossing so that immigration officials can take women, children and seniors away to be processed safely.

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They left Honduras just days after Central American leaders met with US Vice President Mike Pence. Pompeo thanked Mexico for its efforts to address the migrant flow, including calling in the United Nations for assistance.

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.

One administration, that of President Enrique Peña Nieto, is leaving office and the new one, of President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, isn't yet through the door.

"Well, we're looking at a lot of things", he said.

"It's not in the interest of anybody to have those people make that trip", Gerónimo Gutiérrez, the Mexican ambassador to the United States, told Fox News, noting that "they're frequently tricked by human smuggling organizations".

".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".

Yesterday, the migrants made it to the Guatemala- Mexico Border.

"It was predictable, and it's also very close to the election".

Initial election results showed opposition challenger Salvador Nasralla with a 5-percentage-point lead over incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez.