Trump says 'full efforts' under way to stop migrant caravan

Lester Mason
October 22, 2018

While the migrants on the bridge waited to be processed, those who had managed to get to the Mexican side were heading to Tapachula - the next stop on a journey of at least 3,000 kilometers (1,800 miles) to the border between Mexico and the United States.

He took to Twitter to blame the courts for "asking the USA to do things that are not doable".

Mr Trump has threatened to halt aid to Honduras and Guatemala, and potentially close the USA border with Mexico with the help of the military if the migrants' march is not stopped. "They want to continue on their way".

Geronimo Gutierrez, Mexico's ambassador to the US, said his country had reason to believe that the migrant caravan from Honduras was not the result of a grassroots effort but was "politically motivated".

"In this way, we confront the phenomenon of migration, because he who leaves his town does not leave for pleasure but out of necessity", he added.

He takes office December 1.

The caravan elicited a series of angry tweets and warnings from Trump early in the week, but Mexico's initial handling of the migrants at its southern border seemed to have satisfied him more recently.

As he had in prior speeches, Trump said he believed that Republicans can win in November by touting the successful confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and pushing a hard line on immigration.

'The president is desperate to change the subject from health care to immigration because he knows that health care is the number one issue Americans care about, ' Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a joint statement on Saturday.

On Thursday, the president tweeted that the caravan was the "Democrats fault for weak laws!"

"Full efforts are being made to stop the onslaught of illegal aliens from crossing our Souther [sic] Border ..." It was unclear how numerous group were from the migrant caravan and how many were Mexicans who joined the march.

One of the drivers is Jesus Valdivia, a resident of Tuxtla Chico, Mexico.

"Let's all walk together!" and "Yes, we can!" they said.

Passing freight trucks were quickly boarded by dozens of migrants, and groaning tuk-tuks carried as many as a half-dozen.

Brenda Sanchez of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, who rode in Valdivia's truck with three nephews ages 10, 11 and 19, expressed gratitude to "God and the Mexicans who have helped us".

Migrants received help Sunday from sympathetic Mexicans who offered food, water and clothing.

It's unclear whether the caravan will be allowed to reach the U.S. border.

Honduran migrants continue their way to the city of Tapachula, a journey bound to their goal: the United States.

The majority are on buses with their tactical gear. Others have been buying snacks in convenience stores. They moved on toward Tapachula before the caravan reached them. They were not blocking the highway.

Those efforts have failed in Mexico, where approximately 2,000 illegals are still moving toward the USA border after barging into the country on Friday.

But many became impatient and circumventing the border gate, crossing the river on rafts, by swimming or by wading in full view of the hundreds of Mexican police manning the blockade on the bridge.

On Sunday, federal police monitored the caravan's progress from a helicopter and had a few units escorting it.

Municipal police in the town of Frontera Hidalgo stood by.

Several people were reportedly injured in the clash, including migrants, police and journalists.

At dawn there were still an estimated 1,500 migrants on the Guatemalan side hoping to enter legally.

Numerous migrants, the overwhelming majority fleeing violence and poverty in Honduras, slept on the bridge through heavy rain overnight, dozens of them crammed against a metal border gate guarded by Mexican police.

The migrants, who said they gave up trying to enter Mexico legally because the asylum application process was too slow, gathered Saturday at a park in the border city of Ciudad Hidalgo.

She added in a subsequent tweet that she has been in "constant contact" with her foreign counterparts in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, and that her department was monitoring the situation and ready to provide assistance if necessary.

During an interview with Raymond Arroyo on the Laura Ingraham Show, Buchanan said the migrant caravan headed to the U.S. -Mexico border is an opportunity for Trump ahead of the 2018 midterm elections to show that he has the willpower to stop mass immigration at America's borders. They can spend the night at a shelter once they file claims, CBS News said.

This weekend, about 2,000 of the migrants crossed into Mexico from Guatemala by fording the Suchiate River, after violent clashes with Mexican riot police who blocked a lot of them from crossing on a bridge. The entry into Mexico via the bridge has been closed.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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