Pressure turns to Mexico as migrant caravan heads for border


President Donald Trump took to Twitter to threaten Honduras with foreign aid cuts if the migrants aren't stopped.

A migrant caravan that started in Honduras and reached the southern border of Mexico appeared to turn back after Mexican federal police arrived at the border to block migrants without proper papers, but then rushed the border fence on the Guatemala side of the border and tore it down.

The threat came in a series of angry tweets about immigration in which he also warned that he could stop funding to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and again falsely accused Democrats of wanting "open borders" and "weak laws".

Some of the migrants, who are recognized to be fleeing violence, political instability, and the poor economic conditions of their native homelands in Central and South America, hope to stay and work in Mexico. However, earlier this year Trump made a similar vow over another large migrant caravan, but didn't follow through and it largely petered out in Mexico.

Mexico has sent hundreds of police to its southern border as a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants approaches from Guatemala.

The Mexican government has sought assistance from the United Nations refugee agency to help process migrants claiming refugee status at the southern border, a step that could allow it to disperse the train of people and placate Trump.

Marcelo Ebrard, who is set to become foreign relations secretary when President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador takes office December 1, said Trump's tweets need to be understood in the context of the upcoming USA midterm elections.

Trump's stance, he said, was "what he has always presented", adding he saw "nothing surprising in it".

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It was the second time in six months that Trump suggested the possibility of military action to curb immigration at the U.S. -Mexico border.

What awaited them across the border was uncertain. "But it would have much less impact on illegal border crossings between ports of entry".

Pompeo told VOA Contributor Greta Van Susteren on Friday that Mexican officials want to create a situation where migrants "understand that it is not fruitful to transit though Mexico into the United States".

Hundreds of Mexican Federal Police sealed the border as drones and helicopters hovered above the crowd, which waited on a bridge in sweltering heat. President Trump has threatened retaliation if a migrant carvan continues north from this point toward the United States. He said Wednesday that his administration would offer work visas to Central Americans. Vox declared that "Trump's "caravan" tantrum could put migrants in danger".

"In other words before they make the trek across Mexico?"

"We couldn't go on like this", Lagos said, "we're traveling with six children". Ebrard said in a local radio interview that Trump's comments were "predictable".

In a string of tweets on Thursday, Trump also said the issue was more important to him than the new trade deal with Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement pact.

President Trump's watching his worst nightmare unfold - more than 1,500 immigrants marching from Honduras to the USA, and he's vowing our troops will stop them. if Mexico can't get the job done.