Honduras and Guatemala stop migrants after Trump threats


The group of some 2,000 Honduran migrants hit the road in Guatemala again Wednesday, hoping to reach the United States despite President Donald Trump's threat to cut off aid to Central American countries that don't stop them.

The Honduran security ministry said Fuentes was detained because he "did not comply with Guatemalan immigration rules" and would be deported back to Honduras in the coming hours.

The migrants have legally crossed into Guatemala, the Associated Press reported, so it's unclear how Honduran officials would stop them.

An official with Guatemala's migration agency confirms the detention of ex-legislator Bartolo Fuentes along with two other people, Wilmer Simon Gomez and Michael Fajardo.

President Donald Trump has threatened to cut financial aid to Honduras over a large group of migrants heading towards the United States border.

Edmundo Orellana, a former Honduran foreign minister and chief prosecutor, said Trump's threat creates a headache for Hernandez, who was supported by the US president when voting irregularities cast doubt on his 2014 re-election.

Trump, who has made cracking down on illegal immigration a keystone of his presidency, tweeted that USA aid to Honduras, which is planned to reach almost $66million in 2019, would end.

Reiterated POTUS' message: "no more aid if it's not stopped!" "Told him USA will not tolerate this blatant disregard for our border & sovereignty", Pence said.

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Earlier in the day, Trump aimed a tweet warning Honduras about its US aid over a group of 2,000 or so Hondurans who have banded together to move as a caravan in hopes of reaching the U.S. Honduran police and soldiers were posted on their side of the border preventing other migrants from trying to catch up to the caravan.

The moves followed comments by the US President Donald Trump that indicated his administration would halt aid if the Central American governments did not act, his latest effort to demonstrate his tough stance on immigration. He welcomed China's growing diplomatic presence in the region as an "opportunity". Over the previous fiscal year the USA gave about $248 million in aid to Guatemala, $175 million to Honduras, and $115 million to El Salvador.

Honduras is one of a dwindling number of countries that still has formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan.

Last week, Pence told Central American countries that the United States was willing to help with economic development and investment if they did more to tackle mass migration, corruption and gang violence. Thousands of migrants have left the impoverished region in recent years.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has now spoken with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales about the caravan of Honduran migrants traveling through Guatemala with a goal of reaching the United States. "These people are not tourists".

The caravan was met at the border by about 100 Guatemalan police officers.

Frank added that the caravan's rapid growth "underscores quite how desperate the Honduran people are - that they'd begin walking toward refuge in the United States with only a day back full of belongings".

But the statement said all cases must be processed individually, suggesting that authorities have no intention of letting the migrants simply cross the border en masse without going through standard immigration procedures.