Second Migrant Caravan Nears Mexico in Wake of Honduran Exodus

Minnie Murray
October 27, 2018

According to numbers released on Tuesday, U.S. border officials arrested almost 397,000 people in total at the southern border in the 2018 fiscal year that ended September 30, a significant increase over the 304,000 apprehended in 2017 but largely in line with arrest trends of migrants at the U.S. southern border over the past decade.

Fleeing violent crime, political unrest and poverty at home, the migrants say they are determined to reach the United States - despite Trump's vows to stop them, and his threats to cut aid to Central American countries, as well as to deploy the military and close the southern U.S. border.

The President continues to make this a political issue during the midterm elections.

Presidents have sent military members to the border before, but it is an idea that has met resistance from military brass.

There are now 2,100 National Guard troops on the southern border assisting Homeland Security.

That caravan's arrival came around the time the Trump administration began its widely-condemned practice of separating migrant families at the border as part of a "zero tolerance" policy to deter illegal immigration.

He has claimed that the caravan's ranks probably hide Middle Eastern terrorists.

Trump has taken to attacking the caravan regularly - both on Twitter and on the campaign trail - firing up his conservative base with the anti-immigration rhetoric that helped get him elected in 2016.

President Donald Trump says he's "bringing out the military" to address what he's calling a national emergency at the southern border.

Sometimes Mexico's federal police have interfered with the caravan of migrants, who are mostly from Honduras, according to Associated Press. But it would nearly certainly invalidate the claims of many applicants who pursued asylum to escape violence back home.

The migrants have been joined by representatives from humanitarian organizations like the Mexican Red Cross providing medical assistance and human rights groups that monitor the situation.

The group formed in Honduras over a week ago and only crossed into Mexico on Friday.


"President Trump will not stand for this to happen to us", he added.

"To those in the Caravan, turnaround", he wrote.

President Trump has lobbed a series of threats about what he'll do if the caravan hits the border, though he lacks the authority to carry out a lot of them.

"Go back to your Country and if you want, apply for citizenship like millions of others are doing!"

A second caravan of 1,000 people is reportedly gathering in Guatemala this week, the migrants there hoping to follow the route of the larger group.

Trump tweeted: "Sadly, it looks like Mexico's Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States".

U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested an average of 10 people a day in the 2017 budget year who were trying to enter the U.S. from countries with suspected links to terrorism, according to Pence's office.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to sign an order as early as Thursday deploying the troops to support the Border Patrol on the U.S. -Mexico border, a U.S. official said.

The caravan is resting today out of respect for a Honduran migrant who fell from a vehicle yesterday and died.

A senior administration official called the surge a "crisis". There are now 2,100 National Guard troops along the borders of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. A federal law dating back to the 1870s forbids the military from engaging in law enforcement on U.S. soil, unless authorized by Congress. President Trump has also threatened to stop aid to the countries who are letting migrants leave - which will ironically make those countries' poverty problems even worse, causing more people to need to flee.

Trump told a rally crowd in Wisconsin on Wednesday that the military was "all set". You're going to see a very secure border.

White House sources told The Washington Post and Fox News the same thing.

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