Hundreds Leave Migrant Caravan on the Way to US Border - Mexican Authorities

Donald Trump vows to cut Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala foreign aid

Earlier on the day, Trump said Washington will begin cutting off or reducing aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, citing migrant caravans heading to the United States border.

Even if they eventually reach the distant US border, many have low odds of qualifying for asylum: The United States does not consider things like fleeing from poverty or gang violence as a qualifying factor.

A Thursday Fox News report said that hundreds of USA military troops are headed to the country's southern border in an effort to deal with the approaching migrant caravan.

Trump, who made fear about immigrants a major theme of his 2016 election campaign, has been eager to make it a top issue heading into the November 6 midterm elections, which will determine control of Congress.

It's not unusual for the National Guard to help with border security.

"I am bringing out the military for this National Emergency", he continued.

Whatever branch of the military the troops are drawn from, they are unlikely to stand at the border with weapons drawn.

In the current situation, active duty troops will not be on armed security missions that could lead to a similar incident. This would include a variety of things such as vehicles, tents and equipment.

US President Donald Trump has pointed to a massive caravan of migrants trekking north through Mexico as a major issue in the upcoming midterm elections. Mexican officials have not made any statements about people of Middle Eastern descent in the migrant group. "Must change laws!" he wrote on Twitter.

During a White House pool spray this afternoon, CNN's Jim Acosta confronted President Donald Trump on his claim about "unknown Middle Easterners" in the migrant caravan.

The migrants in the sprawling caravan — once estimated by the United Nations to number more than 7,000 — are hoping to make it to the United States. But it would nearly certainly invalidate the claims of many applicants who pursued asylum to escape violence back home.

A child and their parent rest on the roadside near Mapastepec, southern Mexico on October 25, 2018.

Most of the caravan has come from Honduras and other Central American countries and are now in Mexico.

"Go back to your Country and if you want, apply for citizenship like millions of others are doing!"

The migrants have largely been disconnected from news reports about them while on the road.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has mobilized staff and resources to southern Mexico since Thursday, following the arrival at the Mexico/Guatemala border of thousands of people as part of a "caravan" of refugees and migrants travelling from Honduras.

"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!"

The addition of 800 or more active duty troops, if approved, as expected, by Mattis, is in response to a request from the Department of Homeland Security, which manages the Border Patrol, a USA official said. Earlier this year Mattis authorized Pentagon funding for up to 4,000 National Guard troops on the border and thus far only a little over 2,000 have been used.

Despite the fatigue growing, the migrant hondurans resumed Thursday their journey from Mapastepec, in the south of Mexico, while the United States was preparing to deploy hundreds of soldiers to the border to prevent the entry of these migrants.

Trump tweeted that "Democrat inspired" laws make it hard to stop people at the border.

He has repeatedly told crowds at his rallies, "This is the election of the caravan". You're going to see a very secure border.

In comments to Fox News, the official explained the troops would be supplying "logistical support". "And the military is ready".

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