New Migrant Caravan Departs Honduras for US-Mexico Border

New Migrant Caravan Departs Honduras for US-Mexico Border

After a caravan of hundreds of Honduran asylum seekers left the Central American country on Monday with plans to reach the USA border, President Donald Trump used the news to call on Democrats to "end the shutdown" by providing the funding he has demanded to build his long-promised border wall between the US and Mexico.

An additional 350 Hondurans crossed into Guatemalan territory, but were being detained by migration officials checking their documents, according to pro-migrant activists traveling with them.

Although a majority of Americans blame the USA president and Republicans for the prolonged partial government shutdown, Trump on Monday said Democrats in Congress are squarely responsible.

Another Central American "migrant caravan" reportedly left Honduras this week; setting the stage for a high-stakes showdown with Mexican and American authorities as the undocumented workers slowly make their way north.

Trump threatened to close the U.S. border with Mexico to prevent those in the caravan from illegally entering the U.S. He later raised the prospect of using the military to build the wall absent Democrats complying with his request for US$5.7 billion for its construction.

As the president and Congressional Democrats square off on border security, more asylum seekers are beginning the long trek through Guatemala and Mexico to declare their intent to enter the U.S.at a handful of border crossings in California and Texas.

He reiterated that promise Monday morning in a tweet that suggested only a border wall would be effective to counter migrant caravans.

Some migrants ran toward the port of entry where they were met by a large group of Guatemalan police, and almost 150 were turned away because they lacked proper documents, police said.

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The Mexican government, eager to forge a good relationship with the Trump administration, is also taking proactive steps to prevent the new migrant caravan from reaching the U.S.

There are now about 2,350 active duty troops stationed along the southern border as part of the mission that initially began on October 30, which was first dubbed "Operation Faithful Patriot", according to The Associated Press.

"How much more suffering must the president cause before leader McConnell realizes it's time to move ahead without him?"

Migrants fleeing Central America's Northern Triangle region comprising Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala routinely cite poverty and rampant gang violence as their motivation for leaving. The New York Times reported last week that the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2017 started investigating whether Trump had been working on behalf of Russian Federation against USA interests.

Caravans have been regular occurrences over the years but went largely unnoticed - until Trump began seizing on them for political purposes.

"People leave every day", he said. The caravan has been like a constant river of people to Mexico, to the United States.

One woman, who refused to give her name because of safety concerns, told the AP that her 9-year-old daughter had already been raped so badly she suffered medical problems.

Meanwhile Trump has said the partial shutdown of the U.S. government will continue for as long as it takes to get funding for a southern border wall.

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