Migrant caravan reaches across the Guatemala-Mexico border

Record number of families crossing U.S. border has President Trump outraged Report

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened a military closure of the U.S. border with Mexico if the neighboring country fails to stop a high-profile group of Central American travelers headed toward the United States.

President Donald Trump on Thursday dusted off the cobwebs of an old proposal from April to deploy military troops along the southern USA border in an effort to stem illegal crossings by immigrants.

The White House also threatened economic sanctions if Central American nations did not stop a "caravan" of up to 3,000 migrants which set off from Honduras last week and is on its way towards Mexico with the goal of claiming asylum in the... Defense Secretary James Mattis later authorized the National Guard to deploy up to 4,000 troops on the southern border.

Illegal immigration is likely to be a top issue in November 6 USA congressional elections, when Democrats are seen as having a good chance of gaining control of the House of Representatives from Mr Trump's fellow Republicans.

At least five USA states later refused to send the troops amid an outcry over a policy to separate migrant children from their parents, since discontinued.

And the president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has pledged to issue work visas for Central Americans in a bid to retain workers in the area rather than seeing them moving to the US.

Trump tweeted on Thursday, adding that he blamed Democrats for what he called "weak laws!"

Despite the show of force, senior Mexican government officials say they won't use force against migrants.

Mexican authorities have said that members of the caravan will be treated like anybody else seeking to enter Mexican territory: Those with proper documentation will be allowed to pass while anybody entering the country "in an irregular manner" will be apprehended and, if appropriate, returned to their home country.

Migrants who have already arrived at the Mexican border have been sleeping in churches, fire stations and refugee shelters.

He said "many criminals" were coming into the USA from Central America.

Some have said they are fleeing violence and poverty in Honduras, where human rights activists have complained of constant human rights violations.

Lopez Obrador, who takes office in December, said in the northern city of Saltillo on Thursday that he believed "an agreement can be reached" on the migration issue.

And, much like Guatemala and Honduras, Mexico is itself a country of many migrants, raising the question of whether the political will exists for a confrontation.

Yesterday, the migrants made it to the Guatemala- Mexico Border.

"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", he said. At times Mexico has stepped up its immigration patrols along the border, but it has had more success patrolling the roads leading away from the crossing where migrants catch rides or walk along the roadside.

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