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Trump threatens to ‘close our southern border’ over migrant caravan

Trump threatens to ‘close our southern border’ over migrant caravan

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to close the U.S. -Mexico border if Mexico does not stop the migrants.

In a string of tweets, 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.

U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to threaten the newly minted Canada-U.S. - Mexico trade deal over a caravan of Honduran migrants trying to reach his country.

The thousands of Hondurans are making their way through Guatemala, headed toward Mexico and, if they're allowed through, plan to head onward to the USA, as the contentious midterm elections approach November 6.

Trump claimed that "Criminal elements and DRUGS [are] pouring in" and that it is "All Democrats [sic] fault for weak laws!"

A day after warning Central American governments they risked losing US aid if they didn't do something and saying that anyone entering the country illegally would be arrested and deported, Trump turned his sights on Democrats and urged Republican allies to campaign on border security. "No American should suffer or be brutalized in order to fulfill the Democrats' fantasy of a borderless society", she said, adding American workers should not have their wages lowered because of cheaper, illegal immigrant labor.

Military officials instructed troops to alert border agents if they encountered migrants, rather than intervene themselves except in cases of self defence.

President George W. Bush deployed the National Guard to assist in border security operations in 2006 and President Barack Obama did the same in 2010. Numerous migrants may chose to stay in countries along the route, though the Mexican government is already preparing a response.

The developments on Friday came as Mike Pompeo prepared to fly to Mexico to discuss migration with the country's officials.




Current Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray was also sanguine and viewed things through the lens of USA politics.

But it also openly attacked the governments of the Central America's nations most of the migrants are coming from, including Honduras and Guatemala.

In Mexico, authorities say that any immigrant who crosses the border illegally will be deported.

While Trump is threatening to eliminate aid, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been pushing efforts to improve USA ties in Central America to reduce the flow of migrants. 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 first to arrive to the border with Mexico took buses or hitchhiked.

Frustrated by Congress' failure to fully fund his proposed wall, Trump in April ordered National Guard personnel to help secure the border in four southwestern USA states.

Illegal immigration is likely to be a top issue in November 6 US congressional elections.

NBC reports that U.S. officials are now tracking that small group as they make progress towards the US.

When asked if Mexico will take Trump's threats to withhold aid seriously, Gutierrez said a conversation with the U.S. is important, but stressed the complexity of the situation. "But it becomes much harder when President Trump makes this a political issue in which he bashes Mexico".

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