Trump Thanks Mexico for Deterring Migrant Caravan

Trump threatens to use military to close Mexican border as migrant caravan approaches

On Thursday, the Mexican government asked the United Nations Refugee Agency for help in assisting migrants filing for refugee protection at the border, as Mr. Trump threatened to deploy the USA military and close the southern US border with Mexico if it doesn't stop what he described as an "onslaught" of migrants.

"In addition to stopping all payments to these countries, which seem to have nearly no control over their population, I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught - and if unable to do so I will call up the US Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!"

Like Guatemala and Honduras, Mexico is a country of many migrants, raising the question of whether the political will exists for a confrontation.

The majority seek to use the country's northern border to infiltrate the US illegally, according to the Associated Press. "Nobody is going to stop us!"

Various caravans of migrants have been traveling by bus or on foot from Honduras, mostly through Guatemala, in the hope of not just reaching Mexico but heading on to the United States.

A Honduran migrant, part of a caravan trying to reach the USA, cries after others stormed a border checkpoint in Guatemala, in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, Oct. 19, 2018.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be in Mexico this Friday, and US media report that he will discuss plans to stop the caravan.

Mexican authorities insisted the undocumented migrants would have to file asylum claims one at a time in order to enter the country.

Meanwhile in Arizona large groups of Central American migrants continue to surrender to Border Patrol agents, with the arrival of one recent group numbering 108 captured in dramatic video images, authorities said on Friday. "We will address every case", he said.

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Thousands of migrants rush across the border towards Mexico, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala.

Mexico says it will ask the United Nations refugee office for help with the arrival of several thousand Honduran migrants at its southern border.

They blame the Trump administration for backing the Honduran government, and accuse the U.S. president of scapegoating migrants and refugees.

While Trump has threatened to deploy the military to the Mexico-U.S. border, Lt. Col. Jamie Davis said Thursday in a statement that the "Department of Defense has not been tasked to provide additional support".

Shortly afterwards, Guatemala's government tweeted that Mr Hernandez would meet Mr Morales today in Guatemala City to implement a strategy for returning the Honduran migrants.

"We're going to take care of our relationship with the United States government", he said.

Illegal immigration is likely to be a top issue in November 6 US congressional elections and Trump said migrants in the caravan were being used by his political opponents.

Speaking on the Televisa network, Videgaray did not seem concerned about Trump's threat to close the US-Mexico border, saying it had to be viewed in light of the hotly contested US midterm elections, in which Trump has made border security a major campaign issue. By Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump had weighed in with a warning, threatening to cut foreign aid to Honduras if the group didn't turn back.

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