Trump Threatens to Use Military to Stop Migrant Caravan at Border

Trump Threatens to Use Military to Stop Migrant Caravan at Border

Trump Threatens to Use Military to Stop Migrant Caravan at Border

But foreign minister Videgaray said that was "false" and that no such deal had been made. People are weak, get little sleep, food or water and their futures are unknown. Guatemalan troops are also said to be putting up resistance.

Gutierrez told Fox News that his country would accept those with genuine asylum claims. The actors that are smuggling individuals are unscrupulous.

Migrant caravans of this type are nothing new, they quite often take place. Women are subjected to sexual assault and rape. At times Mexico has stepped up its immigration patrols along the border, but it has had more success patrolling the roads leading away from the crossing where migrants catch rides or walk along the roadside.

"This is a moral outrage", Schmidt said, invoking "slave auction blocks and separation of Native American families".

Mexico's government says migrants with proper documents can enter and those who don't either have to apply for refugee status or face deportation. "(Migrants) are susceptible to crime. "It's not simply sitting on a bus and it's not a fun ride".

Media captionThe migrant caravan Trump keeps referencing Could Trump close the US-Mexican border?

At least five USA states later refused to send the troops amid an outcry over a policy to separate migrant children from their parents, since discontinued.

Honduran migrants bound to the U.S border climbed into the bed of a truck in Zacapa, Guatemala, Wednesday.

After a week of walking and hitching rides across Central America, the first members of a 3,000-strong caravan of migrants were preparing on Friday morning to cross the Suchiate river into Mexico - despite threats of retaliation from Donald Trump. The rest retreated after officers unleashed pepper spray.

A federal police officer used a loudspeaker to address the masses, saying: "We need you to stop the aggression".

Mexico had also dispatched additional police to its southern border after the Casa del Migrante shelter on the Guatemalan side of the border reported that hundreds of Hondurans had already arrived there. The US no longer has to house them until their cases are heard.

Young men began violently tugging on the barrier and finally succeeded in tearing it down. "Nobody is going to stop us!"

It's important to remember that for Mexico, migration isn't just about people coming into the country, Salazar says.

In recent years, Mexico has deported more Central American immigrants than the United States.

The migrants say they organized for the long and hard journey on social media, but Washington suspects the group has been organized as a deliberate provocation.

Mexican authorities "are going to employ dogs, so I told him to come now", the 25-year-old Raul told AFP.

Orellana says "the economy in Honduras is awful, there is nothing there".

In recent days Mexican authorities have made a point of showing they were stepping up security near the country's southern border.

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