Trump says United States will 'turn away' migrant caravan at border

Trump says United States will 'turn away' migrant caravan at border

Thousands of people travelling across Central America en masse to the USA have resumed their journey to enter the country from southern Mexico.

President Trump last week warned Mexico that "we're calling up the military - not the Guard" if the government can not stop the caravan from reaching the border.

President Trump on Sunday called the caravan a "disgrace" and blamed Democrats, federal courts and the migrants themselves. That means the number of migrants in the caravan could be as high as 10,000. "We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them", he wrote. The caravan has triggered escalating anti-immigrant rhetoric from US President Donald Trump on Twitter. They voted by a show of hands to continue north en masse, then marched to the bridge crossing the Suchiate River and urged those still on it to come join them.

"Full efforts are being made to stop the onslaught of illegal aliens from crossing our [southern] border", he tweeted.

"There isn't a single terrorist here", he said. 'No one will stop us, only God, ' he said. "And as far as I know there are no terrorists in these four countries, at least beyond the corrupt governments".

Just over two weeks before Election Day, it is nearly certain that Democrats and Republicans will be using the situation creeping towards the U.S.as fodder for their respective political campaigns.

Group leaders said the caravan would strike out on Sunday morning for the city of Tapachula. "People have to apply for asylum in Mexico first, and if they fail to do that, the US will turn them away". He said Mexico would seek to boost investment in Central America to slow the flow of migrants.

Hundreds of migrants from the caravan applied for refugee status in Mexico in the southern city of Ciudad Hidalgo.

Numerous migrants, the overwhelming majority fleeing violence and poverty in Honduras, slept on the bridge through heavy rain overnight, dozens of them crammed against a metal border gate guarded by Mexican police.

"On Thursdays I paid the 18th Street gang, and on Saturdays the MS-13", Aguilar said. The U.S. president has made it clear to Mexico that he is monitoring its response.

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"We are going to the promised land", Garcia said, motioning to his fellow travelers. But as of this moment, I thank Mexico.

Adela Echeverria, 52, a single mother of three, teared up as she spoke about her plight. Blisters had formed on her feet from the cheap plastic sandals she wears. Cruz, 20, said she was going to ask for political asylum because of threats and repression she faced back in Honduras from President Juan Orlando Hernandez's governing party. "I want to build a wall".

Honduran migrants taking part in a caravan heading to the U.S., aboard a truck in Metapa on their way to Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico on October 22, 2018.

Said Mr Morales: "This migration has political motivations, which is violating the borders and the good faith of the states and, of course, putting at risk the most important thing, people".

Aerial view of a Honduran migrant caravan heading to the United States on the Guatemala-Mexico worldwide border bridge in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas state, Mexico, on October 20, 2018.

CROWDING on to a bridge, taking to boats and even wading across a river - 5,000 desperate migrants crossed into Mexico yesterday intent on reaching the US.

People in the town were sympathetic to the migrants.

When a pickup truck pulled up next to the caravan and offered them a ride, Izaguirre and his friends scrambled into the back.

Mexico's ambassador to Guatemala Luis Manuel Lopez told AFP the women and children would be processed by immigration authorities and taken to a shelter in the city of Tapachula, 40 kilometers (25 miles) away.

Some on the bank yelled warnings to migrants on the bridge not to get on buses organized by Mexican authorities, claiming it was a ruse to deport them. "A lot of people say 'I wonder who started that caravan?'" he said in Elko, Nevada, where the caravan has become an issue in the upcoming USA mid-term elections.

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