Migrant caravan: 4,000 trekking towards United States border

Migrant caravan: 4,000 trekking towards United States border

Migrant caravan: 4,000 trekking towards United States border

President Donald Trump threatened to deploy the military and close the southern US border on Thursday as Hondurans and Salvadorans joined thousands of migrants in Guatemala hoping to travel north.

In a string of tweets, Trump also said the border issue was more important to him than the new trade deal with Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Fulton also repeated Trump's earlier threat to detain and deport anyone entering the USA illegally, a policy the administration has referred to as "zero tolerance".

But it also openly attacked the governments of the Central America's nations most of the migrants are coming from, including Honduras and Guatemala.

"It's a very hard situation for the Mexican government", says Ana Maria Salazar, a former Pentagon official who's now a security analyst in Mexico City.

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.

While Mr Trump has sent national guard troops to the border before, it is unclear what he means by shutting it down entirely, and whether that would affect businesses or people with legitimate visas.

"It's a challenge that Mexico is facing, and that's how I expressed it to Secretary Pompeo", Mr. Videgaray told a news conference alongside his US counterpart.

He also said the problem the USA faces at the southern border challenges American sovereignty.

Thousands of migrants traveling in a caravan briefly moved toward a border crossing on the Mexico-Guatemala frontier before turning around.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A Honduran migrant, part of a caravan trying to reach the USA, and her daughter at a migrant shelter in Guatemala City Why are they leaving? Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement saying "while we are passionate about solving the issue of illegal immigration, we are not angry at one another". "Now we're being pushed back", Weir said.

Their week-long procession through Honduras and Guatemala had been supported by locals, who stood by the side of the road in solidarity offering food, water, money, blankets and even a pram for a baby.

The head of Mexico's federal police says that they have achieved their first objective of preventing a violent breach of the border by some 3,000 migrants trying to enter from Guatemala.

"Before taking decisions of that kind", Videgaray said, "there would be many people in the United States ... who would consider the consequences".

The group chanted: 'We are not smugglers, we are migrants, ' as they reorganized themselves on Friday afternoon.

"An entire political party is inviting it", Carlson said, adding that when Pelosi told an audience it would be "immoral" to build a wall, it is because she believes "unchecked immigration" will help their political future.

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