Trump Calls Caravan 'NATIONAL EMERGENCY,' Notifies Military — CARAVAN CHAOS

Frederick Owens
October 22, 2018

As of Sunday (Monday NZT), the caravan of migrants from Central America had grown to roughly 5000 people, a group that stretched along the main highway in Tapachula, Mexico, for more than a kilometre. A growing caravan of Honduran migrants streamed through southern Mexico on Sunday heading toward the United States, after making an end-run around Mexican agents who briefly blocked them at the Guatemalan border. "Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in", he said on Twitter.

Since the convoy formed last weekend, Trump has threatened to halt aid to Honduras and Guatemala, and potentially close the US border with Mexico with the help of the military if the migrants' march is not stopped.

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly warned the migrants to turn back, threatening to close the US border and cut aid to countries that allow the caravan to pass. Watch Pete Hegseth bring that up in the video above, and make the leap to tie that comment to the caravan of immigrants.

Most Central American immigrants that try to enter the United States undocumented travel along the same unsafe route, known as El Tren de la Muerte ("The Train of Death").

In further tweets, Mr Trump said: "Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws!"

Trump previously deployed the National Guard to the border in April, as a smaller caravan headed to the U.S., but said over the weekend that he would deploy "the military, not the guard".

President Trump is headed to Texas Monday afternoon and will campaign for Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in Houston.

Local leaders say hundreds of people who were part of the migrant caravan have given up their journey and are returning to their homes in Honduras and Guatemala.

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The caravan formed in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula.

"IOM reports that large numbers of people are arriving in Mexico today and are likely to remain in the country for an extended period", United Nations deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said, urging that they be treated with "respect and dignity".

Trump has raised alarm over a group of thousands of migrants traveling through Mexico to the US, saying, "Sadly, it looks like Mexico's Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan".

Mexico's government has said throughout the past week that it would register the migrants and process requests for asylum.

He said the migrants' rights must be protected as they break into Mexico and head north.

"We're urging people against migrating in an unlawful way and putting your children in extremely unsafe conditions", Garcia de Hernandez said in a statement.

"We fully support the efforts of Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, as they seek to address this critical situation and ensure a safer and more secure region", the secretary said.

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