Monday, October 14, 2019

The Honduran caravan gets closer to the US-Mexico Border

The first Honduran immigrants from a caravan heading toward the U.S. border reached Mexico yesterday.

A group of as many as 4,000 migrants is traveling from Honduras through Guatemala with hopes of reaching the U.S.-Mexico border to flee poverty and violence in their home country.

The Mexican government has warned migrants participating in the caravan to turn around to avoid detention and deportation, saying they will not be allowed to enter the country as a group. Individuals attempting to enter Mexico will need to show a passport and visa, something few migrants have, or apply for refugee status.

Yesterday President Trump warned that he may take military action to stop immigrants from crossing the southern border into the U.S. if Mexico does not take action to stop the “onslaught.” He has also threatened to cut off aid to Honduras if the government does not intervene with the caravan.

The U.S. gave $175 million in aid to Honduras in fiscal 2017, according to the United States Agency for International Development. Trump accused “crazy Democrats” of being behind the caravan’s formation at a campaign rally in Montana last night.

“They wanted that caravan, and there are those that say that caravan didn’t just happen, it didn’t just happen. A lot of reasons that caravan…They like it, they also figure everybody coming in is going to vote Democrat. Hey, they’re not so stupid when you think about it right?” he added.

A similar caravan of Central American asylum seekers drew the ire of the president back in April.

THE HILL