Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Honduras strikes back at Trump's threat over migrant 'caravan'

Honduras strikes back at Trump's threat over migrant 'caravan' Honduras strikes back at Trump's threat over migrant 'caravan'
Charlie Simmons | 04 April, 2018, 02:01

In a statement late Monday, Mexico's government said that about 400 caravan participants had already been sent back to their home countries.

BuzzFeed has reported that a "caravan" of Central American immigrants led by Pueblos Sin Fronteras, or People Without Borders, has been making its way north in a march toward the US border to seek asylum.

The department also said that unlike in previous yearly caravans, "this time Mexican immigration authorities have offered refugee status" to participants who qualify.

President Trump's Easter morning tweeting rant against immigrants and Mexico on Sunday was the final round peg in the square head of our leader maximus.

After tweets from President Donald Trump on a "caravan" of migrants traveling through Mexico, the Mexican government has said it is dealing with the hundreds of Central Americans making the trek.

The so-called caravan of migrants, an annual procession organized by the activist group Pueblo Sin Frontera, or People without Borders, is meant to raise awareness about the conditions those migrants face in Mexico, where criminal groups and government officials both prey on vulnerable travelers. "They must stop them at their Northern Border, which they can do because their border laws work, not allow them to pass through into our country, which has no effective border laws".

Ultimately, this means that some significant number of the thousand or more illegal aliens now in the caravan will be able to either stay in Mexico or pursue their prior goal of travelling to the US border.

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Individuals often try to reach the U.S. border but usually not as part of caravans, which typically do not proceed much farther north than the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

Mr Trump's latest salvo against the migrants' journey comes as he has stepped up his immigration rhetoric in recent days, and his administration has moved to further crack down on people who are in the United States illegally. They must stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA.

The Mexican National Institute of Immigration has released a statement claiming it will disband the caravan by Wednesday.

"Under no circumstances does the Mexican government promote irregular migration".

"We will act with complete sovereignty in enforcing our laws", he said Monday. Jorge Andrade, spokesman for the "Colectivo Ustedes Somos Nosotros", which is comprised of migrant shelters in Mexico, said caravan participants sometimes end up receiving humanitarian visas, which allow short stays in the country. A large number of participants are from Honduras, where organized crime fuels widespread violence and protesters recently took to the streets after a contested election. "We're not against the caravan", said Xicotencatl.

Gina Garibo, one of the organizers of the volunteer group that organized the caravan, said that migrants would keep moving, but in smaller groups, BuzzFeed reported. Adding to the difficulties, Andrade said, caravans arriving at the USA border cause problems in those communities as an influx of migrants taxes scarce resources in the shelters there.

"Until we can have a wall and proper security we're going to be guarding our border with the military", Trump said. In a series of tweets over the weekend, Trump threatened to use ongoing NAFTA negotiations to punish Mexico for what he said was inaction on illegal immigration.

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