Donald Trump warns Honduras to stop migrant caravan headed for U.S.

Daniel Fowler
October 17, 2018

Some 1,300 people joined the so-called "March of the Migrant" - just days after the US urged Honduras' president to halt mass migration.

Trump said in a morning tweet that his administration "strongly informed" Hernandez that if the migrants are not "stopped and brought back" to the impoverished country, then "no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately!"

Guatemalan police officers watch as Honduran migrants, part of a caravan trying to reach the USA, arrive in Esquipulas city in Guatemala, October 15, 2018.

This new massed movement of migrants fleeing Central America mirrors a similar caravan in April that was assembled by a US -based group known as Pueblo Sin Fronteras or "People Without Borders".

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Last week, Pence told Central American countries the United States was willing to help with economic development and investment if they did more to tackle mass migration, corruption and gang violence. Trump announced on Twitter.

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Pence addressed the three leaders on Thursday in Washington, at the Conference for Prosperity and Security in Central America. That caravan dissipated as it approached the USA border.

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Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said money from the United States is dwindling.

He commended Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala for the prosperous Northern triangle stating, "Your people will stay home if they believe there is a brighter future for them there".

The hundreds of people fleeing poverty and violence in Honduras bedded down wherever they could, with some sleeping on the grass in a church parking lot; others crowded the floors of a migrant shelter and a sports hall.

Many in the caravan traveled light, with just backpacks and bottles of water.

Guatemala said in a statement on Sunday that it did not promote or endorse "irregular migration".

Rows of Guatemalan police in black uniforms, some wearing helmets and shields, initially blocked migrants from reaching a customs booth, images showed.

Bartolo Fuentes, the organizer, told the news agency that the group plans to march through Guatemala and into Mexico.

Trump campaigned for president in 2016 on promises to toughen US immigration policies and build a wall along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico.

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