Trump threatens to close border to Mexico

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

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

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will visit Mexico City on Friday to meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

However, although President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said he is confident that agreement with the USA can be reached, the Mexican government has denied that a deal has been done. "No American should suffer or be brutalized in order to fulfill the Democrats' fantasy of a borderless society", she said, adding American workers should not have their wages lowered because of cheaper, illegal immigrant labor. "It's very important to have a relationship of friendship".

Mexico's interior ministry says in a Thursday statement that the government will ask the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees to support Mexican agencies attending to the migrants.

Mexico says people arriving at the border will be able to apply for refugee status, and has asked for help from the United Nations refugee agency.

Ambassador Geronimo Gutierrez made the comments to Bret Baier on Fox News in an interview that aired Thursday.

Trump did not detail his military threat. "The United States stands ready to assist the Government of Mexico and UNHCR in this effort".

But foreign minister Videgaray said that was "false" and that no such deal had been made.

Lopez Obrador wants to avoid repression against migrants and also to avoid angering the United States.




The group has been dubbed the "march of the migrants". The nearest border is about 110 miles (177 km) away.

Vigil said he believes Trump is partly to blame for the recent exodus from Honduras because of US involvement in the country's contested presidential election previous year.

The Mexican government, responding to President Donald's Trump request for help, sent federal police to block a huge caravan of migrants that say they're bound for the United States as the migrants prepared to cross from Guatemala into Mexico.

Mr Trump blamed the migrant crisis on the opposition party, the Democrats, branding its immigration policy "weak".

Stephanie Leutert, director of the Mexico Security Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin, said she interpreted the tweet to mean Trump could send troops not to ports of entry but elsewhere where the illegal crossings take place. Earlier this year, some National Guard members were deployed to the border on a limited mission that does not include contact with migrants.

".The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA".

By Thursday the convoy, which set out from the violent Honduras city of San Pedro Sula on Saturday and is now believed to be around 3,000 people strong, was moving up towards the Guatemala-Mexico border city of Tapachula.

He was referring to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which is awaiting ratification.

The issue with Trump's threat is that deploying active US military troops for domestic law enforcement duties is illegal, unless he declares a national emergency and is granted a waiver by Congress.

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