Trump says he has alerted military to 'national emergency' of migrant caravan
- Author: Rogelio Becker Oct 23, 2018,
Oct 23, 2018, 7:47
A Honduran migrant boy taking part in a caravan heading to the US, cries as he waits on the Guatemala-Mexico border bridge, in Ciudad Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on October 20, 2018.
After taking office, Trump imposed a travel ban on people from several Muslim-majority nations, saying it was necessary to stop terrorists from entering the country.
Mr Trump, who has taken a hard line towards illegal immigration since taking office previous year, also wrote that he had alerted the U.S. military and border patrol "that this is a National Emergency" though he did not say what actions he was planning.
Trump tweeted last Tuesday that he had "strongly informed" Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez that he would eliminate aid to his country if he didn't stop the massive caravan bound for the U.S.
The caravan resumed its journey Monday in the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico, setting out from Tapachula, near the border, for the town of Huixtla, around 40 kilometers (25 miles) away.
In six journeys, she rode the treacherous El Tren de la Muerte ("The Train of Death"), came into contact with drug cartels, and befriended numerous migrant families, many of whom never made it to the US.
Speaking on Sunday in Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of Chiapas, Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador repeated his call for the USA and Mexico to face the migration challenge by investing together in development projects in Central America, saying that people who leave their homes do so out of necessity.
The migrant caravan could number as many as 20,000 by the time it reaches the United States's southern border. Mexican asylum data and testimony from migrants in Tenosique suggest that although fewer Central Americans are trying to enter the USA, plenty are still fleeing their poor, violent home countries, with many deciding to stay longer in Mexico, which has traditionally been a transit country. "We only want to work and if a job turns up in Mexico, I would do it".
The caravan estimated to include more than 7,000 people
MS-13, also known as the Mara Salvatrucha, is one of the criminal groups behind a wave of violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
Others lay exhausted in the open air, with only thin sheets of plastic to protect them from ground soggy from an intense evening shower, while some had no plastic at all.
After blaming the Democrats for "weak laws" on immigration a few days earlier, Trump said via Twitter: "The Caravans are a disgrace to the Democrat party".
Trump has blamed weak immigration laws for the influx of illegal immigrants from Central America.
"We do have an obligation as a country under worldwide law to allow people to apply for protection, even if they have come through another country", Meissner tells TIME. "It's better that we rest today", she said. Do you agree with President Donald Trump's firm stance on the issue?
Of the three countries, President Trump has vowed to cut aid since they failed in keeping their citizens from fleeing to the United States.