Trump makes migrant caravan key battleground in midterms

Clay Curtis
October 20, 2018

Mexican authorities, in search of a way to satisfy President Trump's demands to deter the migrants without appearing to violate global law, have asked the United Nations to set up a migrant processing center near its southern border. It was at that time that President Trump deployed National Guard troops along the border and threatened to rip up the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.

Marcelo Ebrard, who is set to become foreign relations secretary when President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador takes office December 1, said Trump's tweets need to be understood in the context of the upcoming US midterm elections.

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He also said the problem the USA faces at the southern border challenges American sovereignty.

The migrants are fleeing Honduras where they say they have no prospects.

UNHCR spokesman Charlie Yaxley said the agency is reinforcing capacity in southern Mexico to offer counseling, legal assistance and humanitarian aid to asylum-seekers.

And according to global law, the U.S. can not deport asylum seekers without first determining the validity of their claim. On Thursday he threatened to close the U.S. border if Mexico didn't stop the caravan.

Mexican authorities have also said they're asking for help from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to process migrants seeking refugee status at the country's southern border.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Mexico on Friday for a meeting with the country's top officials, where the caravan will likely be among the topics of discussion.

Honduran migrants slept in an open-air theatre and in a Catholic church before their planned crossing into Mexico
Honduran migrants slept in an open-air theatre and in a Catholic church before their planned crossing into MexicoESTEBAN BIBA EPA

Carlson said that, to the left, people who support a wall and rule-of-law immigration policies are largely "bigots" and "moral reprobates".

Trump also threatened in April to withdraw aid from Honduras and other countries that allowed passage for a similar caravan that originated in the Central American country.

Human rights groups have criticised the USA and Mexican response to the caravan.

On Friday, Scalise, who survived a politically-motivated shooting in 2017, said "it's obvious" Trump was not "encouraging his supporters to engage in attacks" during his Thursday night rally.

His successor, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, takes office December 1.

"One way or another, we will pass", they chanted, climbing atop US-donated military jeeps parked at the scene.

Police and immigration agents let small groups of 10, 20, 30 people through the gates if they wanted to apply for refugee status.

Trump's frustration appears to stem in part from record levels of migrants entering the United States with children in the three months since his administration stopped separating families at the border. On a bridge leading out of the Guatemalan capital, Hondurans marched single-file behind a woman holding a baby in her arms as a school bus rumbled past. The UN reported murder rates in 2015 in Honduras standing at 63.75 deaths per 100,000 and El Salvador at 108.64 deaths.

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Harry, 34, posed with the group at the top of the climb, but was not joined by his pregnant wife for the excursion. Harry and Meghan will also visit Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand during their 16-day tour.

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