Published: Mon, October 22, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Trump Claims, Baselessly, That 'Criminals,' 'Unknown Middle Easterners' Part of Caravan

Trump Claims, Baselessly, That 'Criminals,' 'Unknown Middle Easterners' Part of Caravan

As the migrants continued their northward march about 900 miles from the USA border, Trump tweeted that, "Sadly, it looks like Mexico's Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan".

On Thursday he threatened to close the US border if Mexico didn't stop the caravan.

But thanks to court rulings and generous US laws, it's easy to make an unworthy claim, and migrants making those claims are usually released into the interior of the USA, where they disappear into the shadows with an estimated 11 million other illegal immigrants.

"In this way we confront the phenomenon of migration, because he who leaves his town does not leave for pleasure but out of necessity", said Lopez Obrador, who takes office December 1.

Many of these migrants are fleeing poverty and violence.

He takes office December 1.

The caravan formed just weeks before the U.S. midterm elections.

'The Democrats want the caravans, they like the caravans. His administration has suggested several changes, including holding illegal immigrants until they can be deported and allowing bogus asylum claims to be denied at a quicker pace.

In a series of tweets Monday morning, Trump expressed anger over the failure of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador to prevent people from migrating to the United States. "People have to apply for asylum in Mexico first, and if they fail to do that, the USA will turn them away".

Mexican villagers have organized to offer them water, food and clothing. Hundreds of locals driving pickups, vans and cargo trucks stopped to let them clamber aboard.

One of the drivers is Jesus Valdivia, a resident of Tuxtla Chico, Mexico.

"We are one group", he said. "This group includes a minor who traveled alone".

Brenda Sanchez of San Pedro Sula rode in Valdivia's truck Sunday with three nephews aged 10 to 19.

The soft-spoken 25-year-old said he was traveling with three friends who made a decision to remain in the caravan, but that for him, the fear of being deported once he reached Mexico was too much.

Olivin Castellanos, 58, said he took a raft across the river separating Guatemala and Mexico, saying: "We knocked down the door and we continue walking".

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The majority are on buses with their tactical gear.

The caravan members ranged from farmers and bakers to housewives and students, and included a whole block of friends and family from the Honduran city of El Progreso. They were not blocking the highway.

"In the Municipality of Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas, staff from the National Migration Institute (NMI) are processing applications for admission (into Mexico)".

Federal police monitored the caravan's progress from a helicopter and had a few units escorting it.

Municipal police in the town of Frontera Hidalgo stood by. "They are human beings".

The migrant caravan, which started out more than a week ago with less than 200 participants, has drawn additional people along the way and it swelled to an estimated 5,000 Sunday after many migrants found ways to cross from Guatemala into southern Mexico as police blocked the official crossing point.

Mexican television footage shows hundreds of migrants pushing through Guatemalan border posts and streaming onto a bridge connecting Mexico and Guatemala.

The throng is now marching toward the Mexican town of Tapachula, "10 abreast in a line stretching approximately a mile", the Associated Press reported.

Throughout Saturday, around 900 migrants - exhausted of waiting on the bridge - resorted to crossing the Suchiate River below on makeshift rafts and police did not intervene as they clambered up the muddy riverbank on the Mexican side.

She added in a subsequent tweet that she has been in "constant contact" with her foreign counterparts in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, and that her department was monitoring the situation and ready to provide assistance if necessary.

Around 5,000 Central American migrants are attempting to enter the U.S., despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the border.

After stopping a group of migrants who tried to enter Mexico on Friday, Mexican authorities said they would willingly permit migrants to enter the country if they had the required documents and visas or were applying for asylum.

Migrants exhausted of waiting to cross into Mexico, jumped from a border bridge into the Suchiate River, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, Oct. 19, 2018.

On Friday, Mexican authorities began allowing a trickle of migrants, starting with women and children, to pass through the gates and board buses bound for refugee camps.

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