Trump Threatens to Cut Aid to Central American Nations Over Migrant Caravan

22 Octobre, 2018, 21:55 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • A Honduran migrant shows the tickets given by Mexican immigration authorities that enables him and his family to cross the border between Guatemala and Mexico in Ciudad Hidalgo Mexico Saturday Oct. 20 2018. Mexican officials are refusing to yield

Repeating a familiar threat, Trump said the USA will "now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing" foreign aid to these countries. The president declared on Twitter he has alerted the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. military "that this is a national" emergency.

Mexican police, who failed to stop them at that country's border with Guatemala, now serve as escorts for the caravan as it barrels north, its members clear that they have no intention of staying in Mexico, and have eyes only for the U.S. Honduras receives more than $74 million in American aid per year, according to the USAID, as does El Salvador.

After being temporarily halted by Mexican police in riot gear as they tried to cross the Guatemalan border in Mexico, the group reorganized and vowed to march to the United States border.

Trump also blamed Democrats for the caravan, saying they did not allow enough votes to change "our pathetic immigration laws".

President Trump has declared that the USA will start blocking federal aid to Central American countries for failing to to contain the migrant caravan.

President Donald Trump had harsh words for Honduras's government Monday morning, as word spread that a second "migrant caravan" departed from the central American nation, headed for the United States's southern border: if Honduras doesn't stem the "refugee" outflow, they may lose American aid.

The migrant caravan, which started out more than a week ago with fewer than 200 participants, has drawn additional people along the way and it swelled to an estimated 5,000 on Sunday after many migrants found ways to cross from Guatemala into southern Mexico as police blocked the official crossing point.

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The caravan formed in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy.

Later Sunday, authorities in Guatemala said another group of about 1,000 migrants had entered that country from Honduras. Many migrants, especially children, are suffering in the hot and humid weather, as they look for sources of food and water.

"He who leaves his town does not leave for pleasure but out of necessity", he said.

That would put them in the category of illegal migrants, not asylum-seekers.

The current migrant caravan has tested the limits of American patience.

"We're going to make it, we're going to keep moving so long as they don't stop us", said Honduran Jaffe Borjas, 17, marching alongside a childhood friend at the head of the column that stretched far down the highway to the horizon.



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