Trump threatens Honduras' foreign aid over migrant caravan

Migrant caravan stops in field in southern Mexico

BuzzFeed has reported that a "caravan" of Central American immigrants led by Pueblos Sin Fronteras, or People Without Borders, has been making its way north in a march toward the US border to seek asylum.

The current "caravan" set off on March 25 from a city near Mexico's southern border with Guatemala and had reached Oaxaca, south of Mexico City, earlier this week, a Pubelo Sin Fronteras project coordinator, Alex Mensing, told ABC News Sunday.

The caravan of Central American migrants that angered US President Donald Trump was sidelined at a sports field in southern Mexico as Trump tweeted another threat to the country Tuesday. The basis for the AP's fact check appears to come from the news release issued at the start of the caravan by the organization Pueblo Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders) where they claimed to be initially traveling to Mexico City for a series of rallies and workshops from April 5-9, however in their statement, after the rally, they asked for the help from human rights groups and the community in general in providing supplies.

Mexico routinely stops and deports Central Americans, sometimes in numbers that rival those of the United States. "They laugh at our dumb immigration laws".

On Tuesday, Trump threatened that the "caravan" "had better be stopped before it" reached the US border.

The contingent undertaking the daunting journey to the southern frontiers of Mexico to reach the US comprises of children, newborns with their mothers, men, and women, where the families, mostly mothers with their children have to arrange for water, food, and shelter for the vulnerable section of the caravan.

The Central Americans now attempting to traverse Mexico mostly stream out of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, where gang violence is rife and the murder rates have ranked among the highest in the hemisphere.

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The Wall Street Journal on Monday quoted a senior Mexican immigration official as saying that authorities hadn't stopped the caravan because its participants either had sought asylum or had humanitarian visas - so they were not in the country illegally. They must stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA.

"It is not this government's responsibility to make immigration decisions for the United States or any other country, so it will be up to the appropriate authorities of the United States to decide whether to authorise the entry of the caravan participants to U.S. territory", the statement said.

"We will act with complete sovereignty in enforcing our laws", he said Monday. Well, according to past reports from the Los Angeles Times and the University of Arizona's Arizona Sonora News Service, Grupos Beta is not an immigration law enforcement group per se.

A statement from Mexico's Interior Ministry said Monday that "under no circumstances does the government of Mexico promote irregular migration".

Nielsen later tweeted that their talk focused specifically on the annual migrant caravan. Recent elections in Honduras were marred by irregularities and accusations of fraud, and a subsequent crackdown on protesters has been condemned as heavy-handed. Organizers of the march told ABC News numerous participants had already planned to claim asylum in Mexico or the United States, through legal, official channels. If Mexico really intended on sending the caravan's migrants back home, then they could have deployed real police units to do so.

Andrade said members of his organization tried to accompany a caravan of migrants in 2014, but it became "infiltrated" by organized crime. So many migrants arriving at the border also presented problems, Xicotencatl said, noting very few would cross, and those remaining become targets for kidnappers.

"They can not cross the border", he said.

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