Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump threatens to stop aid to Honduras unless caravan is stopped

Trump threatens to stop aid to Honduras unless caravan is stopped

Trump has declared protections for so-called Dreamer migrants "dead"; accused Democrats of allowing "open borders, drugs and crime"; and warned Mexico to halt the passage of "caravans" of immigrants or risk United States abandonment of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta).

The group of about 1,100 people, majority Hondurans, had been walking along roadsides and train tracks, but they have stopped to camp out at a sports field in the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca.

The caravan, estimated to contain more than 1,000 migrants, is part of an annual caravan that is meant to raise awareness of the struggles that immigrants making the journey from Mexico to the USA face.

"It's certainly not something that the Mexican government welcomes, but as soon as we have further clarification, we can expect to have a better idea of where we are", Ambassador Ger-nimo Guti-rrez said in an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

The Mexican ambassador to the US said Tuesday that President Donald Trump's apparent call for troops to guard the US-Mexico border is an unwelcome one.

President Donald Trump has warned that the caravan of people traveling from Honduras toward the U.S.

Advocacy groups have been sounding the alarm about the high rate of Mexican apprehensions and deportations in recent years, saying that the government is actually jeopardizing these migrants' human rights by denying them the ability to make asylum claims, failing to protect them from victimization while traveling through Mexico, and then sending them back to life-threatening conditions at home.

The "Stations of the Cross" caravans have been held annually in southern Mexico for about 10 years.

Organised caravans of Central American migrants, including many escaping drug- and gang-related violence in Honduras, have crossed Mexico since 2010, according to Mexico's government.

Freeland has acknowledged the pressure from looming votes in the USA and Mexico.

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Pueblo Sin Fronteras said they would not respond to Trump's tweet Sunday, but stated that the refugee caravan "is a movement made of people who were forced to flee their countries of origin due to persecution and violence". "They've told us behind closed doors that if this stays as big as it is, with all the media coverage, they may take action".

At some point this spring, the caravan's 2,000-mile (3,200-km) journey that began at Tapachula near the Guatemalan border on March 25 will end at the USA border, where some of its members will apply for asylum, while others will attempt to sneak into the United States.

"Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Border, and then into the US", he tweeted Sunday.

"Cash cow NAFTA is in play, as is foreign aid to Honduras and the countries that allow this to happen", the president wrote.

And he is using the alleged "caravan" to try to push lawmakers to quickly craft and pass what he on Monday vaguely called "border legislation" without offering specific policy demands.

Meantime the President of Mexico said Monday that the government will continue to work with the United States in a, "proactive and cordial spirit during negotiations and mutual respect".

How do we "NEED WALL" to stop people flows when there is a net negative migration from Mexico?

A number of people in the caravan said they would be attempting to claim asylum in the US or Mexico. Others got papers in a first step toward a humanitarian Mexican residency visa for especially vulnerable people or a start to the application process for asylum in Mexico.

"Dreamer" immigrants are due to lose coverage under a program Trump tried to eliminate.

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