Trump threatens to close Mexico border over migrants

Here’s what happened to the size of the Honduran migrant caravan after Trump’s threat

Now more than 2,000 people - including many who left home so quickly they brought only backpacks - are making their way from Honduras, traveling through Guatemala and heading toward the U.S., The Associated Press reports.

The "caravan" is now estimated at several thousand people and will likely reach the United States-Mexico border crossing in Tijuana within days.

The Mexican government said Thursday that the first migrants in a caravan that has drawn the ire of U.S. President Trump have reached their southern border with Guatemala.

In a series of tweets, Trump blamed Democrats, leaders of Central American countries and "existing weak laws" for the influx.

Trump has portrayed the caravan of migrants, which includes many families traveling with children and fleeing poverty or gang violence, as a threat to the United States.

President Trump continued by saying ceasing the flow of drug and criminals into the U.S.is more important than global trade.

In Guatemala City, where migrant shelters filled with people, waves of people departed at daybreak on roads leading to Mexico. Their objective now is to regroup and press on towards the border with Mexico.

The Mexican ambassador to Guatemala met with the migrants on October 17 and warned them of the dangers of "irregular entry" into Mexico, especially human traffickers.

Officials in Mexico said anyone in the Honduran caravan who had proper documents could enter the country.

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The rest would have to apply for refugee status or face deportation. -Mexico-Canada trade deal he's working on as punishment for Mexico failing to patrol its own southern border.

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to close the U.S. -Mexico border if Mexico does not stop the migrants.

Trump's tweet messages may be about neighbouring countries but may be also destined for domestic audiences.

Trump has threatened to cut financial assistance to Honduras and Guatemala if their governments do not stop this caravan.

Honduran migrants who are traveling to the U.S.as a group get a free ride in the back of a truck as they make their way through Zacapa, Guatemala, Oct. 17, 2018.

It was the second time in six months that Trump suggested the possibility of military action to curb immigration at the U.S. -Mexico border. Democrats in 2013 led the charge to overhaul the nation's immigration laws, an effort that stalled because of opposition from Republicans who controlled the House. "But I'm not sure there's much the Honduran government can do". Like previous caravans, this one was created to help protect immigrants from the dangers of the migrant trail, which include robbery, rape and assault perpetrated by smugglers, cartel members and sometimes immigration and law enforcement authorities.

Update: The article was updated with information about President Trump tweeting a video of the caravan migrants receiving money.

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