Monday, 19 November, 2018

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

Another Illegal Alien Caravan is Headed for the U.S. and President Trump Just Issued Them a Warning Trump Threatens Military Action If Mexico Doesn't Stop Migrant Caravan
Deanna Wagner | 19 October, 2018, 08:28

Beyond that, this situation catches Mexico at a unusual time.

Trump has made cracking down on illegal immigration and building a wall that stretches the length of the 1,954-mile (3,145 km) border a keystone of his presidency, but his animus toward Mexico had cooled since Obrador's election in July.

Migrant caravans of this type are nothing new, they quite often take place.

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

Why does it concern Trump?

Changes to detention rules saw thousands of migrant children detained and separated from their parents earlier this year, sparking national and global condemnation.

The attack comes with Trump's Republicans fighting to retain control of Congress in the November 6 vote, and as thousands of migrants from impoverished Honduras were marching north through Guatemala toward the United States.

Where is the caravan now?

The request came as hundreds of Mexican police faced off across the Mexico-Guatemala border against the vanguard of the caravan, which has grown to some 4,000 people, mostly from Honduras.

The caravan has been growing steadily since it left the violent Honduran city of San Pedro Sula on Saturday.

Most migrants are carrying few belongings, taking what they can carry in backpacks, as they head out on the almost 2,800 mile (4,500km) trek.

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Yet U.S. laws give them a chance to make claims of asylum and, because of court decisions and lack of resources, the government releases them while their claims are pending - only to see majority disappear into the shadows. "Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught".

The president's tweets come after more than 2,000 Honduran migrants hoping to come to the US resumed their travel northward Wednesday even hours after Trump warned "anybody entering the United States illegally will be arrested and detained" in a tweet. Only about 150 made it to the border crossing at Tijuana, seeking asylum.

Late Tuesday, the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights called on Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico to respect the rights and ensure the safety of the migrants traveling in the caravan.

Mexico's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it needs the United Nations body's help to manage all the refugee applications. "Now if they would like the U.S. Army on the border of Central America and Mexico I am sure the government will help".

But Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails, which were released years later, showed her department worked to block efforts of other Central American countries to restore Zelaya to the remainder of his term.

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

Mexico's incoming foreign minister, Mr Marcelo Ebrard, told local radio that he was not surprised by Mr Trump's comments, and said it was political. "We are certainly looking for concrete results and for solutions that work for both countries".

However, his incoming Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, said those without a visa would have to apply for refugee status.

Numerous more than 2,000 Hondurans in a migrant caravan trying to wend its way to the United States left spontaneously with little more than the clothes on their backs and what they could quickly throw into backpacks.

The Honduran government has urged people not to join the caravan, but the government of Guatemala is powerless to stop its progress, as citizens of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua can freely move between the four countries showing only an ID card.