Central American migrants traveling in a caravan broke through a Guatemalan border fence Friday, running into a wall of police in Mexico, whose government has promised the United States it will confront the caravan. "All Democrats fault for weak laws!"
Fox News reported on Thursday that Mexico and the United States had reached a deal on how to handle the migrant caravan. Hundreds of federal police officers and immigration officers have been sent to the porous border region along the Suchiate River which divides the two neighbours.
Mexican officials said the Hondurans would not be allowed to enter as a group and would either have to show a passport and visa - something few have - or apply individually for refugee status, a process that can mean waiting for up to 90 days for approval.
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.
In April, Mexican immigration officials had some success in dispersing the smaller caravan by processing many who chose to seek refugee status in Mexico, but some did continue on to the USA border where they were processed over several days. Their objective now is to regroup and press on towards the border with Mexico.
"So as of this moment, I thank Mexico". He said this week that Mexico would offer jobs to Central Americans. Vox declared that "Trump's "caravan" tantrum could put migrants in danger".
"Our position, in essence, is to respect human rights and dignity and protect this group of migrants, particularly the most vulnerable: children, the elderly, pregnant women".
Pompeo is headed to meetings inMexico City with a message for leaders there about the massive caravan of migrants: Stop them before they reach the USA border.
"We hope that the immigration officials and federal police have a humanitarian understanding", Corzo said.
"It grabs one's attention that the number of people in these kinds of caravans is on the rise", Clark Alfaro said.
In April, thousands of National Guard troops were deployed to the southern border to assist with security operations there, although their assistance was limited to surveillance work.
Trump took things up a notch, falsely accusing Democrats wanting "Open Borders" and leading the "assault on our country" by a "large flow of people, INCLUDING MANY CRIMINALS". And they're getting close to the Guatemala-Mexico border.
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Those who apply for refugee status will be vetted by United Nations officials at the immigration shelters on the border.
"Frankly, when you don't do separation, when you allow the parents to stay together, OK, when you allow that, then what happens is people are going to pour into our country", he said.
"There have been these caravans through the years, but they become prominent because the president tweets about them", Selee said.
The much talked about caravan of Central American migrants has been forced to turn around at the Mexico-Guatemala border.
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".