UPDATE: 2nd Central American migrant caravan heading north to Mexico

UPDATE 2 — 10/25, 9:34 p.m. EDT: Politico sources within the Trump administration said Thursday executive guidance will be issued to stop mass immigration from Central America into the U.S.

 

UPDATE — 10/23, 3:57 p.m. EDT: A second migrant caravan originating in Honduras consisting of over 1,000 Central Americans, currently in Guatemala, is heading toward the Mexican border.

The first caravan now consists of an estimated 7,000–10,000 Central American migrants as it continues to move through southern Mexico, currently located in Chiapas state, only 30-some miles north of the Guatemalan border.

President Trump has threatened to send U.S. military personnel to the southern border if the migrants attempt to cross onto American soil.

 

A migrant caravan combining individuals from the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras continued its voyage north Friday, entering Mexico and tearing down barriers dividing Guatemala and Mexico.

Composed of several thousand immigrants, the caravan intends to enter the U.S.

Arriving just ahead of the 2018 mid-term elections, President Trump has issued a series of threats against the caravan’s arrival, telling the governments of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala they risk the loss of U.S. economic aid if the group is allowed to proceed north and reach the U.S. border.

Responding to Trump, police officials in Guatemala detained the caravan’s organizer, Bartolo Fuentes, a former member of the Honduran National Congress.

Charged with violations to Guatemalan immigration law, Fuentes is expected to be deported to his home country.

For its part, Mexico has vowed to grant asylum to the immigrants, but has stated it can only process between 100–200 per day.

Trump has also warned he intends to use U.S. troops to turn back the caravan’s attempt at illegal entry and, perhaps, close the southern border with Mexico.

To use the military, under law Mr. Trump must declare a national emergency and receive a waiver to use troops for domestic law enforcement.

Further addressing the matter, Trump joined several U.S. lawmakers to claim the caravan is part of a diversion funded by left-wing interest groups prior to Election Day on Nov. 6.

“We’re starting to find out, and I won’t say 100 percent, I’ll put a little tiny question mark at the end . . . but a lot of money has been passing through people to come up and try to get to the border by election day,” Trump declared at a Montana rally.

Part of a surge of immigrants in recent months, U.S. Border Patrol reported the arrests of over 16,000 persons attempting to enter the U.S. illegally in September alone.

The recent arrests at the border are the highest on record and an 80 percent jump from July 2018.

 

[USA Today] [VOA] [Breitbart] [Washington Post] [Reuters] [Photo courtesy Los Angeles Times]

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