Mexico to Ask UN for Help with Central American Refugees

Frederick Owens
October 19, 2018

He did not seem concerned about Trump's threat to close the U.S. -Mexico border, saying the threat should be viewed in light of the hotly contested midterm elections in the United States, in which Trump has made border security a major campaign issue.

Trump suggested he was even prepared to put at risk the recently renegotiated North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Mexico, the United States and Canada, redubbed as USMCA. Alainez, traveling alone, had to leave the caravan of more than 2,000 Hondurans trying to wend its way to the United States.

Even if it's within his authority as president, he would nearly certainly face stiff resistance, obstruction, and nigh unending court battles over it - much the same response he might expect, say, for deploying the military to enforce a closed border.

He also threatened to mobilize the US military and shut down the southern border to stop those migrants from entering the USA, reports CBS News correspondent Chip Reid.

"Can you believe this, and what Democrats are allowing to be done to our Country?" he said. Later, he retweeted a video of Mexican federal police arriving at the Guatemalan border and wrote: "Thank you Mexico, we look forward to working with you!"

Trump, who has vowed to curtail immigration and build a border wall on the U.S. -Mexico border, threatened this week to halt aid if Central American governments did not act.

But it's not clear what they will do - if they will physically prevent them from crossing the border or just monitor the situation.

Juan Escobar, 24, said he had heard about Trump's comments but said they would not dissuade the migrants from continuing their journey.

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Mexico has sent two Boeing 727s carrying federal forces and riot police to Tapachula, in readiness for the caravan's arrival.

One administration, that of President Enrique Peña Nieto, is leaving office and the new one, of President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, isn't yet through the door.

"Mexico's policy consists in respecting and protecting human rights" of migrants, Mexican Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete said earlier this week.

Late on Thursday night, a small number of the Honduran group who broke off from the main crowd were able to successfully cross over into Mexico.

Military officials instructed troops to alert border agents if they encountered migrants, rather than intervene themselves except in cases of self defence.

Trump did not elaborate on his threats to send soldiers to the border today.

Vigil said he believes Trump is partly to blame for the recent exodus from Honduras because of USA involvement in the country's contested presidential election past year. López Obrador, the president-elect, will take over December 1.

"It is a plan that we have, that anyone who wants to work in Mexico will have a work visa", he said.

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