Trump Threatens To Send Military, Shut Border As Migrants Head For Mexico

Oct 20, 2018, 00:31
Trump Threatens To Send Military, Shut Border As Migrants Head For Mexico

President Donald Trump threatened to deploy the military and close the southern US border on Thursday if Mexico did not move to halt large groups of migrants headed for the United States from Central America.

Trump labeled some of the migrants as "criminals", and said he would resort to "stopping all payments" to Central American countries if Mexico did not "stop this onslaught" on the U.S.

The issue with Trump's threat is that deploying active US military troops for domestic law enforcement duties is illegal, unless he declares a national emergency and is granted a waiver by Congress. In April, thousands of National Guard troops were deployed to the southern border to assist with security operations there, although their assistance was limited to surveillance work.

Immigrants fleeing violence or other threats who seek refugee status to stay in Mexico will have to request it at the border and wait up to 45 days in immigration detention, the government said in a statement Wednesday. The rest want to reach the USA like him.

But at least five U.S. states later refused to send the troops amid an outcry over a since-abandoned White House policy to separate migrant children from their parents at the border.

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That was the Dodgers' first run since the first inning. "The play at first today is a pretty dirty play", Shaw said. Then with two outs and a full count, Bellinger ripped a single to right field to score Machado and win the game.

The caravan, which started in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula on Saturday, split into several groups after entering Guatemala.

A day earlier, he tweeted, "Hard to believe that with thousands of people from South of the Border, walking unimpeded toward our country in the form of large Caravans, that the Democrats won't approve legislation that will allow laws for the protection of our country".

"It's not in the interest of anybody to have those people make that trip", Gerónimo Gutiérrez, the Mexican ambassador to the U.S., told Fox News, noting that "they're frequently tricked by human smuggling organizations".

It was explaining the options to migrants and helping those who chose to apply for refugee status to navigate the lengthy process.

The group, consisting mostly of Honduran migrants, is making its way through Guatemala and hopes to continue northward through Mexico.

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Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said she had conveyed her country's opposition to such a move to Australia. Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority nation, and Australia are due to sign a trade deal this year.

Pompeo is scheduled to meet Fridaywith Peña Nieto and Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, as well as Lopez Obrador's designated foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard.

Honduran activists have said they would welcome such a move, as most is channelled to security forces who are accused of repression.

Yesterday, the migrants made it to the Guatemala- Mexico Border.

On Thursday, Trump referred to the caravan as an "assault on our country", citing "criminal elements and drugs pouring in".

"It was predictable, and it's also very close to the election", he said.

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Otherwise, he said, "She'll get some nice photos and it won't do anything to move the needle on USA interests on the continent". She then also paid a visit to the presidential palace for having a private tea with Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Ghana's first lady.

Mexican authorities, in a bid to soothe Mr Trump's fury and to deter the migrants, without appearing to violate worldwide law, have asked the United Nations to set up a migrant processing centre near its southern border.

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