Mexico, Not Trump, Stopped Caravan of Immigrants Heading to the US

Cheryl Sanders
April 6, 2018

"It's impossible to travel with this many people".

As Alex Newman reported here on April 2, President Trump called out the Mexican government in a series a tweets, demanding that Mexico enforce its immigration laws.

Leaders of the organization behind the caravan, People Without Borders, said the procession of people would end in Mexico City rather than attempt to reach the border.

A federal delegate of Mexico's National Institute of Immigration has added that they plan to dismantle a bulk of the caravan by Wednesday.

The just over 1,000 migrants who now make up the caravan were planning to spend their fourth night here yesterday, sleeping in parks and athletic fields with their belongings beside them in plastic bags and suitcases.

The Mexican ambassador to the United States, Geronimo Gutiérrez, immediately announced that he had asked the American authorities for explanations. If she had known it would go only halfway across Mexico, she said, she would have tried to work in Tapachula and save money for the journey.

Johnson says the president and Congress have a duty to protect American citizens and secure the border.

The announcement capped a day of developments in Mexico, where the caravan of Central American migrants whose trek toward the United States had infuriated Trump began breaking up. In fact, he said, numerous migrants hoping to reach the border planned to ask for asylum - not sneak over illegally.

The department also said that unlike in previous years of the caravan, "this time Mexican immigration authorities have offered refugee status" to participants who qualify.

Texas also has state troopers stationed at its border to assist the Border Patrol and local law enforcement.

The caravan, an annual event organized by activists to highlight the journey that migrants undertake, has typically dispersed into separate, smaller groups at some point along the journey.

Mexican ties have been strained since Trump won office on the back of a campaign heavy on anti-Mexican rhetoric.

Organizers say that migrants can now take buses on their own to Puebla, a city south of the capital, where a workshop on immigration law is planned for Friday. "Honduras will continue to grow, with or without the support of President Trump", said Díaz. But the logistics remain fluid.

Mr. Trump has tweeted about the caravans four times, as of Tuesday afternoon.

Trump reacted by threatening to end the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and also end foreign aid to Honduras, where numerous migrants originated, if the caravan was not stopped. "It is unmanageable", Mujica said.

He put the renegotiation of the North American free trade agreement Alena in the balance ... and welcomed the fact that Mexico apparently acted on his request: "I think they do it, in any case there is at twelve minutes, (the caravan) was being dismantled ".

Ms. Freeland and Mr. Lighthizer are trying to get together in the coming days, sources said.

Juarez said that the company, established in 1948, has a long tradition of creating themed masks usually focusing on humor and carnival, although this year, marked by the July 1 election, they chose to create a collection of masks depicting well-known politicians.

The hundreds of people gathered here still face daunting prospects. The group said "right-wing extremists" have threatened violence against members of the caravan who reach the US border, adding another layer of fear for the migrants.

US trade expert Dan Ujczo said he's heard a "handshake" deal could be announced as early as mid-April as a way to calm market movements and political rhetoric surrounding NAFTA, particularly with USA and Mexican elections on the horizon.

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