Trump Threatens To Send Military, Shut Border As Migrants Head For Mexico


Mexico deployed hundreds of riot police on Thursday (Oct 18) to its border with Guatemala as a caravan of Central American migrants prepared to cross on their way to the United States, defying President Donald Trump's threats.

Arpaio spoke as President Trump on Thursday vowed to potentially utilize the USA military to "close our Southern border".

On Thursday, Trump said he prioritizes border security over even the recently struck trade deal to replace NAFTA, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA.

For the second year in a row, President Donald Trump is upset about a caravan of Central American migrants headed to the United States.

In addition to this latest caravan now at the Mexico-Guatemala border, a US border patrol official tells CBS News there has been an increase in large groups attempting to cross into the USA together.

Mexico's Foreign Ministry is responding to the caravan of around 2,000 migrants that is traveling from Honduras toward Guatemala, aiming to reach the US-Mexican border.

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

Again, Trump used the caravan to push tough immigration laws, which were rejected by Democrats.

President Donald Trump, seizing upon a new migrant caravan approaching the United States, sought to frame the midterm elections Thursday as a fight between Republicans who will defend the country and Democrats who would allow undeterred illegal immigration.

The statement warned that anyone who enters Mexico in an "irregular manner" faces detention and deportation.

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Some migrants crossed the river at a point where they could walk through shallow water Thursday, Corzo said.

He claimed on Thursday that Democrats are backing the human movement to bolster their case for "open borders and existing weak laws".

Trump's threats over immigration came a day before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to travel to Mexico City for meetings with Mexican leaders.

This week, Trump, who has made combating illegal immigration a cornerstone of his political career, has pointed to the caravan making its way from Honduras as part of his efforts to galvanize Republicans ahead of the midterms.

"And we need to call it what it is", Gutierrez said.

U.S. Representative Michael McCaul, the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said U.S. border security was a key election issue.

From about 160 people who departed last Friday from the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula, the migrants' ranks have ballooned as much as twentyfold, with estimates ranging as high as 3,000.

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.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said on Wednesday his government dismissed threatened constraints placed on foreign aid.

He said he had spoken with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez about ensuring the migrants who want to return home can do so safely.