Caravan migrants turn back at Mexico border

Alicia Cross
October 20, 2018

Several thousand Honduran migrants moved this week through Guatemala, and some were trying to cross to Mexico on Thursday, according to local media.

White House officials say if an individual evades the new system and reaches the United States border, Mexico will now allow the refugees to be returned to its country.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Mexico on Friday for a meeting with the country's top officials, where the caravan will likely be among the topics of discussion.

United States discussions with the Mexican government have involved both the administration of outgoing president Enrique Peña Nieto and representatives of incoming president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who won election in July and will take office December 1.

"We are going to continue, " Navarreto said. "It's very important to have a relationship of friendship". On Thursday and Friday, the group clashed with police in the town and fought with them as Mexican man who was supporting the march was arrested. Instead, each person would need to apply for refugee status individually or show a valid passport and visa.

On the Mexican side, the foreign ministry said its government was in constant communication with members of the caravan explaining the migrants' options.

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

Paramedics attend Honduran migrant Jose Alainez, 49, who suffered an epileptic seizure while walking north with other migrants, before taking him to the hospital in Guatemala City, early Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. The nearest border is about 110 miles (177 km) away.

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However, by the end of Thursday, the US president was also thanking Mexico for its efforts to contain the caravan. Any who decide to cross illegally and are caught will be detained and deported, the Mexican government has said.

These Honduran workers and impoverished peasants are fleeing a country ravished by imperialist exploitation and US-backed death squads and thrown into disarray by the 2009 coup that overthrew the country's elected president Manuel Zelaya-an global crime overseen by Democratic Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"We are committed and have been continuing to put in the resources to fund programs that we hope will address the root causes of migration and help people thrive at home", a senior State Department official told ABC News Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the president also threatened to cut USA aid to the Northern Triangle countries - Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador - saying "all payments made to them will STOP (END)!".

The president's message was part of a broad strategy to crack down on illegal immigrants and tighten rules for legal migrants.

He added in another message: '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.

The White House also threatened economic sanctions if Central American nations did not stop a "caravan" of up to 3,000 migrants which set off from Honduras last week and is on its way towards Mexico with the goal of claiming asylum in the...

He was referring to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which is awaiting ratification. But trade attorney Daniel Ujczo of Dickinson Wright PLLC said there "is a significant concern" that Trump will hold the pact hostage "in any number of issues that will arise between the US and Mexico as well as the USA and Canada".

Vaughan also pointed out that Guatemala has already caved into the caravan, but she is encouraged that Mexico has deployed officers to its southern border.

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