Mexico seeks assistance from United Nations for migrant caravan

Clay Curtis
October 20, 2018

Trump, who ran in 2016 promising to tighten U.S. immigration laws end the inflow of people entering the country illegally, has called for cutting off foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador if they do not stop the migrants.

Hundreds of federal police in riot gear fanned out on the worldwide bridge in Suchiate, on the Mexican-Guatemalan border, as the caravan of several thousand Honduran migrants trekked toward the crossing.

In April, Trump said that he wanted to deploy more U.S. troops on the border until the completion of his planned wall between the usa and Mexico.

When troops were previously mobilised by Trump in response to unlawful migration, their mission has been mostly passive support for border agents, like logistics and surveillance. But Mexico says it will allow the few with proper paperwork in, while others can apply as refugees.

In a series of raging tweets, the U.S. president urged Mexico to "stop this onslaught" and prevent the would-be immigrants from entering the US.

"Well, we're looking at a lot of things", he said. Later, he retweeted a video of Mexican federal police arriving at the Guatemalan border and wrote: "Thank you Mexico, we look forward to working with you!"

The migrant caravan is heading north as the U.S. mid-term elections approach, and Donald Trump lost no opportunity to comment as he addressed a rally of supporters in Montana.

Vox declared that "Trump's "caravan" tantrum could put migrants in danger".

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In a string of tweets on Thursday, Trump also said the border issue was more important to him than the new trade deal with Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement pact.

18, the migrants were seen standing at the shore of the Suchiate River, which separates Guatemala and Mexico, raising fists and waving Honduran and Guatemalan flags. López Obrador, the president-elect, will take over December 1.

"Finally, the government of Mexico reiterates its commitments with the global community's efforts in favor of safe, orderly and regular migration; and with the human rights of migrants".

U.S. Representative Michael McCaul, the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said U.S. border security was a key election issue.

The threat followed another one earlier this week to cut off aid to Central American countries if the migrants weren't stopped.

"We have to secure that border once and for all", McCaul told Fox News.

Edwin Santos of San Pedro Sula was one of the first to race past helpless Guatemalan police, clutching the hands of his father and wife.

Mexico's foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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