Trump Warns Mexico on Migrant Caravan, Threatens to Close Border
19 October, 2018, 11:48 | Author: Sheila Harris
Beyond that, this situation catches Mexico at a odd time.
According to the State Department, Pompeo's visit Friday will focus on the USMCA, immigration and the transition from the Peña Nieto administration to the incoming Andrés Manuel López Obrador administration.
Migrant caravans of this type are nothing new, they quite often take place.
Their journey began in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, last week. The nearest border is about 110 miles (177 km) away.
As the caravan strung out from Guatemala City to the border, it was unclear whether those who made it the farthest would wait for their countrymen to arrive to attempt a mass crossing into Mexico. "We have given breakfast and lunch to thousands of people".
U.S. Representative Michael McCaul, the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said U.S. border security was a key election issue.
The request came as hundreds of Mexican police faced off across the Mexico-Guatemala border against the vanguard of the caravan, which has grown to some 4,000 people, mostly from Honduras.
Shelters and churches along the border have been flooded as a result of the surge as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have been releasing hundreds of migrants from detention at a time.
Those fleeing Honduras say they are doing so because of the chronic violence in the country. Mexico, however, requires a passport at entry.
He said "many criminals" were coming into the USA from Central America.
"An agreement can be reached", said Lopez Obrador, who takes office in December.
US security experts, pointing to past history, say a lot of them are looking for jobs or to reunify with family already in the USA illegally, and aren't refugees.
Mexico's Foreign Ministry responded with a statement on Thursday that it would ask the United Nations refugee agency for help coordinating with Central American governments related to people seeking refugee status at the country's southern border.
Meanwhile, a Honduran caravan of migrants headed for the United States border has grown to 4,000.
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