Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Pressure turns to Mexico as migrant caravan heads for border

Pressure turns to Mexico as migrant caravan heads for border

Several thousand Honduran migrants seeking to escape violence and poverty moved through Guatemala on the way to Mexico, with some hoping to enter the United States.

While Trump is threatening to eliminate aid, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been pushing efforts to improve US ties in Central America to reduce the flow of migrants.

In April, Trump signed a proclamation to send the National Guard to the border to keep the migrants from entering the United States.

Even with additional border security personnel, it is unlikely that Mexico could detain the thousands of migrants who appear likely to cross into the country in the coming days.

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

"How they're going to cross is what we're anxious about", he said.

President Trump has threatened to close the Southern U.S. border, and Mexico deployed 500 federal police to divert a crisis. Dwindling in numbers along the way, the caravan totalled around 150 migrants by the time it reached Tijuana, at the U.S. border.

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Lopez Obrador wants to avoid repression against migrants and also to avoid angering the United States. "Tolerating illegality is not real compassion, not for own American citizens and not for illegal immigrants who are often abused by the inherent criminality of porous borders", Steve Cortes, president of the Trump Hispanic Advisory Council and a campaign adviser, tells The Washington Times.

18, the migrants were seen standing at the shore of the Suchiate River, which separates Guatemala and Mexico, raising fists and waving Honduran and Guatemalan flags.

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Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said that while National Guard troops were now supporting the Department of Homeland Security on the USA southern border, the Pentagon had not been tasked to provide additional support.

Edwin Santos of San Pedro Sula was one of the first to race past helpless Guatemalan police, clutching the hands of his father and wife. By Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump had weighed in with a warning, threatening to cut foreign aid to Honduras if the group didn't turn back. There are no official estimates of the size of the group.

Mexico's foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"The electoral process is very near, so he is making a political calculation", Ebrard said in an interview with Radio Centro.

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