Trump To Send Troops, Close Border if Mexico Won't Stop Migrant March

Trump threatens to close southern US border over caravan of migrants

As the group of some 4,000 people from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras heads toward the US border with Mexico to seek asylum, Trump has called for stricter border enforcement, threatening to cut foreign aid to the three countries and possibly rip up trade deals.

President Trump continued by saying ceasing the flow of drug and criminals into the U.S.is more important than global trade. "Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border", Trump tweeted.

Trump also said that if a solution is not found, it could upend the new trade deal negotiated between Mexico and the United States.

In April, Trump said that he wanted to deploy more U.S. troops on the border until the completion of his planned wall between the United States and Mexico.

The "caravan" is now estimated at several thousand people and will likely reach the United States-Mexico border crossing in Tijuana within days.

In his third tweet of the morning, the president called the caravan part of an "an assault on our country by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador" - and he accused Democrats of leading the effort through their support of open borders and a weak enforcement of US immigration laws. NBC News reports the Mexican government sent 500 officers to the country's border with Guatemala ahead of their approach.

Democratic consultant Scott Ferson told the Herald he takes Trump at his word.

Trump has threatened to cut aid to Honduras and Guatemala if their governments do not stop the caravan.

Mexico's interior ministry says in a Thursday statement that the government will ask the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees to support Mexican agencies attending to the migrants.

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Migrant Luis Navarreto, 32, said he had read about Trump's threats regarding aid to his country but was undeterred.

Marcelo Ebrard, who is set to become foreign relations secretary when President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador takes office December 1, said Trump's tweets need to be understood in the context of the upcoming US midterm elections.

The president's warning echoes an earlier tweet on Wednesday, in which he again blasted Democrats for refusing to approve tighter border control and immigration laws.

Mexico's president, Enrique Peña Nieto, is also hosting emergency talks with the USA secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, on Friday, to assess the situation.

"And we need to call it what it is", Gutierrez said. Trump said in one tweet Thursday.

Shelters and churches along the border have been flooded as a result of the surge as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have been releasing hundreds of migrants from detention at a time.

Juan Escobar, 24, who was among the Honduran migrants in the caravan, said such rhetoric would not dissuade them from continuing the journey.

Honduran migrants leave Guatemala City at sunrise Thursday, October 18, as they continue their way north toward the US.

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