Mexico: Caravan of thousands of immigrants resumes march to United States border

Saul Bowman
October 23, 2018

"We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid" that the United States provides to the three Central American countries, said the president - who has seized upon the crisis in the run-up to usa midterm elections, reviving the immigrant-bashing rhetoric that helped get him elected in 2016.

Thousands of Central American migrants have continued to push forward in their attempts to reach the United States, despite efforts by Mexico to halt their advance. It remains unclear how numerous caravan's new additions were previously deported from the US for committing violent crimes. Cutting the aid wouldn't have a huge impact on their economies, she said, but would represent "additional headwinds" on top of Trump's broad immigration policies and his attempt to cancel a special immigration status for tens of thousands of Hondurans and El Salvadorans already in the U.S.

The caravan of migrants now traveling through Mexico on its way to the United States is a job for the United Nations, says the spokesman for a pro-border enforcement organization. "We would do anything, except bad things".

As many as an estimated 10,000 people are migrating from Central America, through Mexico, and toward the United States, and Trump has pledged to "stop the onslaught". The president also stirred controversy with a tweet that alleged criminals and unknown Middle Eastern had blended in with the refugees from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. "And as far as I know there are no terrorists in these four countries, at least beyond the corrupt governments".

Central American migrants who reach the United States commonly apply for asylum, but most aren't eligible because they aren't fleeing state persecution, but instead escaping abysmal conditions in their countries. The caravan is unlike previous mass migrations for its unprecedented large numbers and because it largely sprang up spontaneously through word of mouth. Another previously deported illegal alien, 36-year-old Job Reyes, has joined the caravan.

"We are going to the promised land", Garcia said, motioning to his fellow travellers. On Monday, CBS News saw where a migrant fell from a truck to his death.


"You have to help the next person".

An earlier caravan in the spring led to the USA government amassing about 2,400 National Guard troops from four states near the southern border, although they are prevented by law from performing law enforcement duties or interacting with migrants. He demanded last week that the Honduran government halt the group and have them "brought back to Honduras" and suggested U.S. aid to the impoverished country depended on it.

Ulises Garcia, a Red Cross official said some people with injuries from their hard trek refused to be taken to clinics or hospitals because they didn't want to leave the caravan.

He also threatened to end foreign aid to countries from which most members of the caravan come.

The president, moreover, said the U.S.is pulling out of the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Missiles Treaty with the Soviet Union because "Russia has not adhered to the agreement". But "they are going to continue walking, and their feet won't heel as long as they keep walking", he said.

Still, the White House has framed the caravan itself as a potential importer of violence to the US, carrying on a theme it has emphasized in the past two years. The marchers are presently stopped at Mexico's border with Guatemala, where officials are slowly processing them.

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