Mexican authorities have officially deployed “hundreds of riot police” to handle the growing migrant caravan as it heads towards their country; blocking a key bridge that connects Guatemala and Mexico.
“Hundreds of federal police in riot gear fanned out on the international bridge in Suchiate, on the Mexican-Guatemalan border, as the caravan of several thousand Honduran migrants trekked toward the crossing,” reports Yahoo News.
“A first group of several hundred migrants arrived late Wednesday in the border town of Tecun Uman, Guatemala, where they overflowed a local shelter, leaving many to sleep in the town square or on the street,” adds the article.
The attempted crackdown comes as President Trump warned the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Honduras he was prepared to cut all aid to those countries that allow the caravan to approach the United States unfettered.
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CARAVAN CRISIS: Trump Threatens to Cut Honduras Aid Over ‘Growing’ Migrant Caravan
President Donald Trump warned Honduras Tuesday that his administration is prepared to cut aid to the Central American country should they fail to crack down on a second migrant caravan making its way towards the United States’ southern border.
“The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to the U.S. is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately!” tweeted the President.
The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to the U.S. is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2018
The second caravan this year reached 3,000 migrants and continued to grow as more workers joined fellow asylum seekers along the Honduras-Guatemala border.
“The impoverished nations of Central America, from which thousands of migrants have fled in recent years, are under mounting pressure from Trump’s administration to do more to curb mass migration,” reports Reuters.
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CARAVAN CRISIS: ‘Migrant Caravan’ Continues to Grow, Heads Towards USA
The “migrant caravan” slowly making its way towards the United States’ southern border continued to grow Thursday morning; defying President Trump’s repeated warnings as they trekked through Guatemala.
The “steadily growing caravan” is estimated at several thousand people and hope to reach Mexico within days.
“We’ve lived in neighborhoods where our children have seen disaster after disaster,” said one woman. “We have seen dead bodies thrown in front of us. So that’s my goal, in truth, to reach a country where life can change for my children.”
“Whatever money I have, I need it to buy drinks for my son, fruit,” added another.
The President has repeatedly warned Honduras and Guatemala to prevent the ‘caravan’ from reaching the United States; threatening to cut aid to the Central American nations should they fail to stem the flow of undocumented workers into their countries.
“Hard to believe that with thousands of people from South of the Border, walking unimpeded toward our country in the form of large Caravans, that the Democrats won’t approve legislation that will allow laws for the protection of our country,” tweeted the President this week.
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