Trump warns of consequences for 'big caravan' of immigrants

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It was part of a two-day tweetstorm in which he expressed alarm about "caravans" of Central Americans heading to the United States.

The move comes after Trump Sunday threatened to cut off immigration programs like DACA, as he targeted the refugee caravan with almost 1,350 migrants who were en route to Mexico and the United States on an arduous journey from the city of Tapachula in the state of Chiapas on the Mexico-Guatemala border, to demand an end to the political corruption in their cities, and dignity and the right to asylum from Mexico and the United States.

Local officials have offered lodging in town squares and empty warehouses or arranged transport for the migrants, participants in a journey organised by the immigrant advocacy group Pueblo Sin Fronteras. Mexico deported 16,278 people during the first two months of 2018; 97 percent of them were Central Americans, according to the Washington Office on Latin America, a human rights group. The caravan, which is now hundreds of miles south of Mexico City, is comprised of approximately 1,300 migrants, and is trying to call attention to the hard situation faced by migrants, according to organizers. Mr Trump tweeted yesterday morning. "They laugh at our dumb immigration laws".

Ultimately, this means that some significant number of the thousand or more illegal aliens now in the caravan will be able to either stay in Mexico or pursue their prior goal of travelling to the USA border. How is NAFTA a cash cow for Mexico when it has led to millions of Mexicans losing their subsistence farming livelihoods as cheaper USA -taxpayer subsidized corn flooded the Mexican market?

Mexico increased its immigration enforcement in 2014, when it enacted a "Southern Border Plan" in response to a flood of unaccompanied Central American children who were transiting the country and arriving in the United States. He said the group did not expect to reach the US border for three more weeks.

The Mexican National Institute of Immigration has released a statement claiming it will disband the caravan by Wednesday.

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Navarrete Prida had said earlier that he talked with US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Monday about handling migration "in accordance with each country's laws". Facts clearly reflect this.

"Under no circumstances does the Mexican government promote irregular migration", the Interior Ministry statement said.

Immigration officials were registering the travelers, and providing suggestions that some could get humanitarian visas, while others would have to exit Mexico, The Washington Post reported.

On Monday night, the Mexican government said it had stopped the caravan.

Nielsen later tweeted that their talk focused specifically on the annual migrant caravan.

Those who make it to the United States rarely succeed in winning asylum.

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He called the caravan "a mass non-violent collective action" which was organized to "raise the political cost of repression" by immigration officials.

Central Americans - taking part in a migrant caravan - rest at a sports center field in Matías Romero, Oaxaca, Mexico, on Tuesday. A large number of participants are from Honduras, where organized crime fuels widespread violence and protesters recently took to the streets after a contested election.

The president also tweeted about "caravans" on Sunday and Monday. "We're not against the caravan", said Xicotencatl.

"'Polleros (smugglers) and guides and all of this criminal apparatus that traffics in people, they utilize (the caravans) for their benefit", Andrade said.

Some members of Congress said they were uncomfortable with the idea of using the military at the border. "Some will request asylum in the United States, but the majority will do something else. and this implies insecurity for them" due to the presence of kidnapping gangs in the border region. Trump has threatened to end NAFTA negotiations and pull out of the deal over the Mexican government's conduct.

"Until we can have a wall and proper security we're going to be guarding our border with the military", Trump said.

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