Migrant caravan heading for United States turns around in Mexico

19 October, 2018, 22:11 | Author: Carlos George
  • Honduran migrants take part in a caravan towards the United States in Chiquimula Guatemala

Hundreds of Honduran migrants stand at the shore of the Suchiate river on the border between Guatemala and Mexico, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018.

The key questions: Will Mexico let the migrants in? Later, he retweeted a video of Mexican federal police arriving at the Guatemalan border and wrote: "Thank you Mexico, we look forward to working with you!"

Why don't they stop these people before they get to Mexico?

In April, Trump said that he wanted to deploy more U.S. troops on the border until the completion of his planned wall between the United States and Mexico.

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

Mexico has implemented what the ambassador to Guatemala calls a "metered entry" system to try to control the vast numbers of people who are traveling there from other Central American countries.

Beyond that, this situation catches Mexico at a odd time.

Lopez Obrador, who takes office in December, said in the northern city of Saltillo on Thursday that he believed "an agreement can be reached" on the migration issue.

Many immigrants said they joined the caravan after seeing it covered by Honduran news outlets last week.

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Central American migrants in a mass caravan have clashed with Mexican riot police guarding a border post on the country's southern frontier.

And according to global law, the United States can not deport asylum seekers without first determining the validity of their claim.

"The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA", he said.

The migrants planned to wait for the rest of the caravan to arrive, then cross the border en masse in hopes of overwhelming the Mexican authorities, who have vowed to detain anyone without a visa.

In part, the response is meant to both dissuade the migrants from even attempting to enter Mexico and potentially to show the Trump administration that Mexico is willing to, as the government put it, "maintain order".

The attack comes with Trump's Republicans fighting to retain control of Congress in the November 6 vote, and as thousands of migrants from impoverished Honduras were marching north through Guatemala toward the United States.

Trump spoke with the incoming Mexican president earlier this month and claimed that "we will work well together". López Obrador, the president-elect, will take over December 1.

Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico's foreign minister-designate, downplayed Trump's comments as aimed at his domestic political base.

"It's a challenge that Mexico is facing, and that's how I expressed it to Secretary Pompeo", Videgaray told a news conference alongside his US counterpart.



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