Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump threatens to send military, shut border as migrants head for Mexico

Trump threatens to send military, shut border as migrants head for Mexico

The migrant caravan is making its way through Guatemala, mostly on foot, with several of the quickest already at Mexico's southern border.

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

Mexican television footage showed hundreds of migrants breaking through Guatemalan border posts and streaming onto a bridge connecting Mexico and Guatemala.

Pompeo is headed to meetings inMexico City with a message for leaders there about the massive caravan of migrants: Stop them before they reach the US border.

Trump's frustration appears to stem in part from record levels of immigrant parents entering the U.S. with children in the three months since his administration ended family separations at the border.

The group formed in Honduras on Saturday, the latest in a series of caravans going back to around 2008 to help people living in violent and corrupt Central American nations. Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border.

The country has deployed 500 federal officers to the border city of Tapachula, where migrants are expected to arrive next week.

"He's making a political calculation", said Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico's incoming foreign minister, about Trump's posting on Twitter, in a reference to USA midterm elections in November.

Multiple migrants, federal police and journalists were wounded as the crowd hurled rocks and other objects at the security cordon on the Mexican side, an AFP correspondent said.

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In June, former Vice President Joe Biden called on the Trump Administration to try aid again.

Images like this caught Trump's eye Thursday morning, and he started leveling a slew of threats - including cutting off aid to Central American countries and demanding Mexico intervene.

U.S. Representative Michael McCaul, the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said U.S. border security was a key election issue. It wasn't clear if they were taking any action.

"We haven't had a caravan or group of this size seeking refuge at the same time, that's why we've sought the support of the United Nations", Videgaray told Mexican television.

The Mexican ambassador to the USA made the claim that they had reason to believe the migrant caravan from Honduras heading to the US border was politically motivated. "Foreign Secretary Videgray and I spoke about the importance of stopping this flow before it reaches the USA border - we are deeply aware that the way Mexico will handle this is your sovereign decision".

Cristian, who is among the informal leaders of the caravan, estimated about 30 percent of the migrants want to apply for refugee status in Mexico. President Trump has threatened to close the Southern U.S. border, and Mexico deployed 500 federal police to divert a crisis.

Edgar Corzo of Mexico's National Human Rights Commission expressed concern about the police deployment in Ciudad Hidalgo.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo prepared to travel later in the day to Panama and then Mexico City, where he was to meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

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