Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump threatens to send military against immigrant ‘onslaught’

Trump threatens to send military against immigrant ‘onslaught’

He will meet with the presidents of both countries to "discuss our ongoing security cooperation efforts to disrupt the illicit movement of cash, weapons, drugs across our shared border as well as the issue of stemming illegal immigration and strengthening accountability for corruption and human rights abuses, and bringing members of transnational criminal organizations to justice", a senior State Department official said.

Dwindling in numbers along the way, the caravan totalled around 150 migrants by the time it reached Tijuana, at the United States border.

The president wrote: "I am watching the Democrat Party led (because they want Open Borders and existing weak laws) assault on our country by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, whose leaders are doing little to stop this large flow of people, INCLUDING MANY CRIMINALS, from entering Mexico to U.S".

Trump said Mexico should do more to stop the caravans that were coming from Central America and if that didn't happen, "I will call up the U.S. Military and close our southern border".

The sea of humanity - which started last week with fewer than 200 people - is now approaching Mexico, hell-bent on steaming toward the US border.

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The latest focus is on more than 2,000 Hondurans who left last Saturday from the city of San Pedro Sula. Their objective now is to regroup and press on towards the border with Mexico.

The migrants - who say they are traveling in search of jobs, better lives for their families and an escape from gang threats and violent communities - were blocked at the Honduras-Guatemala border for several hours earlier this week by Guatemalan police in riot gear before being allowed to pass.

"There's a political aspect and an organizational aspect which frankly seeks to sow chaos and dissent and that needs to be dealt with", he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Whether any military deployment to the border will take place is unclear. Trump in April authorized the National Guard to protect the border as a similar group of migrants headed up from Central America.

But at least five U.S. states later refused to send the troops amid an outcry over a since-abandoned White House policy to separate migrant children from their parents at the border.

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