Trump Warns Mexico on Migrant Caravan, Threatens to Close Border

President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would to deploy the U.S. military and close the southern border if Mexico did not move to halt large groups of migrants headed for the United States from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

“I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught – and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Trump threatened to withhold regional aid as a caravan with several thousand Honduran migrants journeyed this week through Guatemala to Mexico in hopes of crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and escaping endemic violence and poverty in Central America.

The president also dispatched U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in Mexico City on Friday.

Trump, who has made curtailing immigration and building a border wall on the Mexican border a key platform, has previously threatened to shut off aid and dispatch troops there.

In a string of tweets on Thursday, Trump also appeared to link the issue to trade and a newly minted deal with Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement pact that is awaiting ratification.

“The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA. Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border,” Trump wrote, referring to the newest trade deal known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Jeffrey Benkoe)

Responses

  1. Our President is doing a great job putting a stop to the parasites tring to get into our country

  2. The questions have been posed: these people have been on the road a week. Who’s feeding them, providing shelter, toilet and hygiene facilities? How are they getting fuel for the vehicles? These are important questions that nobody has yet answered.

    Are foreign governments, i.e. Guatemala, Mexico, etc. enabling this invasion of OUR country?

  3. Coincidence? Probably not! Bought and paid for invasion just in time for election day to influence the election.

  4. Close the boader! Help the leaders of those countries gain control of the violence and the economy and take care of their citizens!

    1. Sidney,

      I agree we should close the border.

      What you are proposing is pacifying and occupying other countries. That’s what it will take.

      How many lives and how much money will this cost US?

      People don’t move from the 3rd world to the 1st overnight. Education, culture, infrastructure are all needed as a start. How long will this take and how much will it cost?

      I wonder how many of those proposing to “improve” conditions in other countries have either served a mission, volunteered, or contributed money to do so. It’s easy talk, but where’s the commitment? I’m not singling you out, but too many use this lame excuse like it’s the “answer”.

      1. The U.S. Govt has been supplementing each country with millions$$ for years. I think the problem is no oversight by US Gov’t The money isn’t getting down to the people.

  5. Yes close now. Refugees with criminal element is not worth risk!

  6. Close the border, add to shoot to kill orders, and stop ALL foreign aid to Mexico and Honduras.

    The shootings will cause a huge uproar, but one loud enough to be heard as far as Honduras.

  7. Do what u say!! And close the boarder!!! Just warn the Americans that r there so they can come home!!!

    1. They can fly home. Whatever temporary measures put forth at the border to curtail this activity is necessary.

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