Trump Says He’s Told US Military That Migrant Caravan Is National Emergency

Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he had alerted the military and federal border authorities that a U.S.-bound migrant caravan from Central America was a national emergency, and that the United States would begin curtailing aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Trump, in a series of posts on Twitter, gave no other details about his administration’s actions. Representatives for the White House, the U.S. Border Patrol and the Pentagon did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

“Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States,” Trump wrote in a tweet, adding: “I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy.”

“Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S. We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them,” Trump wrote.

Thousands of mostly Honduran migrants crowded into the Mexican border city of Tapachula over the weekend after trekking on foot from the Guatemalan border, defying threats by Trump that he will close the U.S.-Mexico border if they advanced, as well as warnings from the Mexican government.

Mexican police in riot gear shadowed the caravan’s arrival along a southern highway but did not impede the migrants’ journey.

Trump has threatened to halt aid to the region, and potentially close the U.S. border with Mexico with the help of the military if the migrants’ march is not stopped.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey and Makini Brice; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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The problem is there are babies, children and pregnant women, as the thugs well know and everyone is afraid to hurt them (as it should be), but this must be stopped now or we will be overrun over and over again. These invaders don’t care if foreign aid is lessened… Read more »

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Well done America – this is the right stance – Pity SA gov doesn’t have the balls to protect their people like this – this caravan is the hot-bed of crime & corruption

Joe M
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Well this is exactly why we have a second amendment. Let’s start our own caravan on this side. Meet them at the border. We don’t need the army…it’s our duty as citizens to protect our country.

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just in time for our midterms? coincident? This march paid for by Georgie Soros.

Suzanne Kelley
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Suzanne Kelley

Stop talking about it and close he border. This is an invasuon. Use military force if need be. They cannot be allowed to come here. They are criminals and probably disease riden. They’re not welcomed here.

Anonymous
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scatter a bunch of mobile SAWS along the border with people who arnt afraid to use them. problem solved.

Tom
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Didn’t you get the memo, private citizens of the United States are not allowed to own SAWs. The gun grabbers got most of them banned in 1935 and sealed the deal with a further ban in 1986.

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No one has a right to invade the United States. Any attempt should be met with an armed response. Let the citizens know if U.S. government does not have the balls so we can head that way.

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This “caravan of people” is mislabeled, they are not “poor” immigrants but an invading foreign force. They may not wear a fancy uniform & they may or may not be armed but kid yourself not they are an invasion. How much uproar would there be if a huge number of… Read more »

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