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

President Donald Trump will have few options to deal with the thousands of migrants from Central American countries - along with countries in the Middle East, Asia, and elsewhere - if the caravan now in southern Mexico reaches and crosses the USA border.

The migrant caravan as of Thursday is still in southern Mexico, more than 1,000 miles away from the nearest entry point into the U.S. Its size is estimated to be around 7,000, but many of those now walking are suffering from exhaustion, dehydration and heat stroke.

And Trump, at rallies and on Twitter, has tried to paint the Democrats as pro-illegal immigration, even claiming, with no evidence, that Democrats had organized and paid for the caravan, which remains more than 1,000 miles from the us border.

And earlier this year, a caravan of approximately 1,200 people moving toward the US had dwindled to 200 people by the time it reached California. So it's no wonder that in the final days before the 2018 midterm elections, President Donald Trump is doing everything he can to convince voters that a risky mob of migrants is preparing to force its way into the United States - and that voting for Republicans is the only way to stop it.

The migrants, mainly from Honduras, broke through fences or ferried themselves across the Suchiate River which marks the border with Guatemala.

"They've intercepted ISIS, they've intercepted all sorts of people, they've intercepted good ones and bad ones, they've intercepted wonderful people from the Middle East and they've intercepted bad ones". Much of the money funds counter-narcotics, law enforcement and anti-poverty programs that Trump's critics say can help make the countries more desirable places to live.

Mr Trump tweeted: "Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S".

"From them we learn to value what they do not have".




Trump kept up his almost-daily Twitter attacks on the approaching caravan, calling it a national emergency and said he had alerted the United States border patrol and military. It was not immediately clear how many, if any, of the extra troops would be armed.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to sign an order sending the troops to the border, bolstering National Guard forces already there, a USA official said Thursday.

He said the administration hasn't made any "firm decisions" about how to respond if the caravan reaches the border.

"There isn't a single terrorist here", Contreras said. "We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them", he wrote.

Thousands of Central American migrants renewed their march to the United States on Wednesday, setting out before dawn with more than 1,000 miles still before them. From there, the migrants walked to Nueva Ocotepeque from where they crossed into Guatemala.

Top immigration officials and close Trump advisers are still evaluating the options in closed-door meetings that have gotten increasingly heated in the past week, including one that turned into a shouting match as the caravan of about 7,000 people pushes north, according to administration officials and others with knowledge of the issue.

Father-of-four Jose Mejia from San Pedro Sula, said: "We are going to sleep here in the street, because we have nothing else".

Jesus Valdivia, of Tuxtla Chico, Mexico, was one of the many who pulled his pickup truck over to let 10 or even 20 migrants hop in at a time, sometimes causing vehicles' springs to groan under the weight.

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