Trump, Mexico move to stop 2K Honduran migrants

Trump appears to threaten USMCA deal when lashing out at migrant caravan

Mexican television footage showed hundreds of migrants breaking through Guatemalan border posts and streaming onto a bridge connecting Mexico and Guatemala.

He wrote: "In addition to stopping all payments to these countries, which seem to have nearly no control over their population, I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught - and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!" Trump said on Twitter.

The migrants are generally fleeing poverty and insecurity in Honduras, where powerful street gangs rule their turf with brutal violence.

Mexico's government vowed on Friday to meet the challenge of a caravan of Central American migrants heading north, after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to shut down the U.S-Mexico border to halt its passage.

The row comes as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo prepares to embark on a tour of the region that will see him visit Mexico ahead of its December inauguration of President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, as well as Panama.

Irineo Mújica's organization, Pueblo sin Fronteras or People without Borders, said he was detained during a peaceful march.

The US president has made it clear to Mexico that he is monitoring its response.

Trump tweeted Thursday that he wanted "Mexico to stop this onslaught".

"The law doesn't allow us to throw them the hell out", Trump said.

Mexican officials said on Wednesday that those without papers would have to apply for refugee status or turn back. "There's no reason to give them greater transcendence or importance", Videgaray said from the United Nations where he sought the world body's help processing asylum requests from the migrants.

Trump, who ran in 2016 promising to tighten USA immigration laws end the inflow of people entering the country illegally, has called for cutting off foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador if they do not stop the migrants.

NBC reports that USA officials are now tracking that small group as they make progress towards the US. Thousands of Honduran migrants are traveling through Guatemala, according to humanitarian aid groups. The nearest border is about 110 miles (177 km) away.

A caravan, made up of about 4,000 Hondurans, crossed into Guatemala on Wednesday en route toward the U.S. border, where the migrants hope to gain asylum. He also suggested they are ready to welcome the migrants with open arms because they are likely to vote for them in elections.

"This is a large group of people that are putting women and children in front of the caravan to use as shields as they make their way through", he said. The rest want to reach the USA like him.

President Trump - who earlier had threatened to stop aid to Central American countries - has warned Mexico in a tweet to "stop this onslaught", or he would call up the USA military and close the border.

Meanwhile, the rafts that normally ferry throngs of people across the river were carrying mostly merchandise and the raft operators said they had been warned by Mexican authorities not to carry people. Mexico reportedly responded by sending police to its own southern border to stop the caravan from coming through after the threat was made.

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