Again - Threatens to Send Military to US-Mexico Border

Cheryl Sanders
October 19, 2018

Believing their chances of entering the United States are greater in numbers, the migrants have been hitching rides and hiking through Guatemala, with the aim of approaching the U.S. through Mexico.

One administration, that of President Enrique Peña Nieto, is leaving office and the new one, of President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, isn't yet through the door.

Three weeks before USA midterm elections, Trump has seized on the caravan as a political victor for Republicans.

He did not seem concerned about Trump's threat to close the U.S. -Mexico border, saying the threat should be viewed in light of the hotly contested midterm elections in the United States, in which Trump has made border security a major campaign issue.

Adding to pressure on Mexico, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Mexico City to discuss bilateral issues Friday with his Mexican counterparts.

TECUN UMAN, Guatemala - Waving Honduran flags and carrying umbrellas to protect against the sun, thousands of migrants massed along Guatemala's muddy Suchiate River crossing into Mexico on Friday, demanding to be let in despite U.S. President Donald Trump's threats of retaliation.

Media captionThe migrant caravan Trump keeps referencing Could Trump close the US-Mexican border?

Mexico's Foreign Ministry responded with a statement on Thursday that it would ask the United Nations refugee agency for help coordinating with Central American governments related to people seeking refugee status at the country's southern border.

"It's not in the interest of anybody to have those people make that trip", Gerónimo Gutiérrez, the Mexican ambassador to the USA, told Fox News, noting that "they're frequently tricked by human smuggling organizations".

A Border Patrol official who was not authorized to speak publicly tells CBS News that agents at the border "are swamped", with more and more large groups crossing together.

Launched Saturday from Honduras, the caravan reportedly has grown to more than 4,000 people, including whole families and - in some cases - children traveling without their parents.

Thousands of people and goods legally cross the US-Mexico border daily.

Upon reaching Mexico, the migrants must show a valid visa to enter the country, or face deportation, therefore Trump has focused much of his pressure on the Mexican government.

"This migration will only continue unless we keep up the pressure and provide the support to make the Northern Triangle of Central America a prosperous and secure place to call home", he wrote in an op-ed in the Washington Post.

In 2017, the United States sent about $530 million in aid to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

With a homicide rate of 43 per 100,000 citizens, Honduras is one of the most violent countries in the world.

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