Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Pressure turns to Mexico as migrant caravan heads for border

Pressure turns to Mexico as migrant caravan heads for border

"Just today, the Mexican government, and this is a very important step, requested the intervention of the United Nations, the Office of the High Commissioner on Refugees, to help Mexico review any asylum claims from the members of the caravan", he said. Some hope to eventually enter the United States to escape violence and poverty.

While Trump did not make clear what a military deployment at the border might look like, the president did deploy nearly 4,000 National Guard troops to the border in April, as the first caravan approached.

One administration, that of President Enrique Peña Nieto, is leaving office and the new one, of President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, isn't yet through the door. "It's very important to have a relationship of friendship". On Thursday and Friday, the group clashed with police in the town and fought with them as Mexican man who was supporting the march was arrested.

Mexico's ambassador to Guatemala said his country had made a decision to enforce a policy of "metered entry" in the face of the thousands clamoring to cross.

The Mexican government is also requesting the UN High Commissioner for Refugees establish a series of shelters across the country's southern border with added help in reviewing legitimate claims for asylum. President Trump has threatened retaliation if a migrant carvan continues north from this point toward the United States.

On the other side of the river in Ciudad Hidalgo, boat owners have been trying to contact Hondurans by phone to convince them to use their services to get across.

The exhausted travelers are mostly from Honduras, but migrants from other Central American countries have joined the caravan. Some plan to try to cross the Suchiate River on a raft. The nearest border is about 110 miles (177 km) away.

"Well, we're looking at a lot of things", he said.

But in Mexico, where protesters alreadyhave been marching in support of the approaching Honduran migrants, caving to USA pressure wouldn't play almost as well.

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The re-emergence of immigration as a pressing concern in the USA comes in the middle of heated midterm elections, and Mr. Trump has featured the issue in political rallies held around the country on behalf of Republican congressional candidates. By Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump had weighed in with a warning, threatening to cut foreign aid to Honduras if the group didn't turn back.

Trump tweeted that he wanted "Mexico to stop this onslaught". "Now if they would like the U.S. Army on the border of Central America and Mexico I am sure the government will help".

He was referring to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which is awaiting ratification.

"Beyond the National Guard soldiers now supporting the Department of Homeland Security on our southern border... the Department of Defense has not been tasked to provide additional support", he said.

"We have to secure that border once and for all", McCaul told Fox News.

Defense Secretary James Mattis later authorized the National Guard to deploy up to 4,000 troops on the southern border.

Their journey began in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, last week. There are no official estimates of the size of the group.

Trump also threatened to upend a pending trade deal with Mexico that took more than a year to negotiate and is created to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. "He's making a political calculation".

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