WASHINGTON (October 18, 2018) - President Donald Trump is lashing out over the caravan of Central American migrants trying to reach the United States, saying that if Mexico does not stop the effort, he will use the military to "CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER".
Trump said Mexico should do more to stop the caravans that were coming from Central America and if that didn't happen, "I will call up the U.S. Military and close our southern border".
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Mexico on Friday for a meeting with the country's top officials, where the caravan will likely be among the topics of discussion. Trump said on Twitter. One administration, that of President Enrique Peña Nieto, is leaving office and the new one, of President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, isn't yet through the door.
Mr Trump had earlier this week threatened to withhold aid to the region as a caravan with several thousand Honduran migrants travelled through Guatemala to Mexico in the hope of crossing into the United States to escape violence and poverty.
Trump said he considers the increasing flow of migrants an "assault on our country" led by the Democratic Party, which has blocked Republican proposals to overhaul and tighten the immigration system and improve border security, including building a wall along the southern border.
Despite claims of election irregularities and calls for new elections by the Organization of American States and others, the USA recognized Hernandez as the victor.
"The position of President Trump is the one he has always raised, I do not see him as anything surprising, I would be surprised by a different position", Ebrard told local radio station Radio Centro.
That's a tiny portion of the nearly 1,350 miles (2,170 kilometers) they'd have to travel to reach the closest USA border. Images of the migrants have prompted questions about whether the United States and Mexico will be able to strike a deal before the migrants reach the US' southern border.
While the exact role the United Nations would play would have to be worked out, it appears Mexico is seeking the global body's help in identifying which of the migrants in the caravan would qualify as refugees worthy of protection, and which are more properly viewed as traditional illegal immigrants.
Nevertheless, it's hard to make a rational case for why our government should regard Central American migrants as a threat to the safety and material well-being of the American people.
He also slammed the leaders of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala for failing to intervene.
As the caravan strung out from Guatemala City to the border, it was unclear whether those who made it the farthest would wait for their countrymen to arrive to attempt a mass crossing into Mexico.
In Guatemala, the migrants rose early and many left without eating breakfast, bound for Zacapa, the next city on their route.