Thursday, 22 August, 2019

Trump appears to threaten USMCA deal when lashing out at migrant caravan

Trump Threatens Military Action If Mexico Doesn't Stop Migrant Caravan Trump threatens to close southern US border over caravan of migrants
Patty Aguilar | 19 October, 2018, 08:27

"Can you believe this and what Democrats are allowing to be done to our country?" the president said on Twitter.

President Trump's watching his worst nightmare unfold - more than 1,500 immigrants marching from Honduras to the USA, and he's vowing our troops will stop them. if Mexico can't get the job done.

President Donald Trump threatened today to scrap a crucial trade deal and send soldiers to close the US southern border in response to a large caravan of Central American immigrants now heading toward the United States.

A caravan of vehicles carrying more than 2,000 migrants left last Saturday from the northern Honduran city of San Pedro Sula after organizing themselves on social media. New data shows a spike in the number of people trying to cross the border, according to reports by NBC News, WaPo and elsewhere, suggesting Trump's baby-snatching border policy has been a bust.

And, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to travel to Mexico to forge plans to stop the caravan.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said Wednesday that while Central Americans are legally free to transit from country to country under a regional agreement, a "massive ingress of people without registering" puts Guatemala in a hard position because it's impossible to know who the people are and what may be the intentions of any of their leaders.

Trump claimed that "Criminal elements and DRUGS [are] pouring in" and that it is "All Democrats [sic] fault for weak laws!"

Now more than 2,000 people - including many who left home so quickly they brought only backpacks - are making their way from Honduras, traveling through Guatemala and heading toward the U.S., The Associated Press reports.

One participant, Dilmer Vigil, said earlier this week that he joined the caravan because he had been unemployed for six months.

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The Mexican government will ask the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, for help in coordinating an overflowing wave of refugees arriving from on its southern border from Central American countries.

A caravan of migrants fleeing Honduras has grown to 4,000 and the Mexican government has sent an additional 500 federal police to its border with Guatemala in anticipation of their arrival, according to US government documents obtained by NBC News.

Vaughan stressed that it is a good sign that Mexico is realizing that it has more to gain than lose by cooperating with the US on border enforcement.

The president's tweets come after more than 2,000 Honduran migrants hoping to come to the US resumed their travel northward Wednesday even hours after Trump warned "anybody entering the United States illegally will be arrested and detained" in a tweet.

Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who takes office on December 1, wants to avoid repression against migrants and also avoid angering the United States.

He tweeted on Tuesday: "The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to the U.S.is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately!"

"We hope that in this big caravan group, they let us in", he added, referring to the US.

Despite their sharp differences, the U.S. and Mexico have made progress on several issues, including the signing of an updated transcontinental trade pact, the U.S. -Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Immigrants fleeing violence or other threats who seek refugee status to stay in Mexico will have to request it at the border and wait up to 45 days in immigration detention, the government said in a statement Wednesday.

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