Caravan of 3,000 Central American migrants prepares to cross into Mexico

As the group of some 4,000 people from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras heads toward the US border with Mexico to seek asylum, Trump has called for stricter border enforcement, threatening to cut foreign aid to the three countries and possibly rip up trade deals.

Tucker Carlson said Thursday that Democrats like Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are not joining President Trump's calls to stop the caravan of Central American migrants because the left believes that "unchecked immigration will strengthen their hold on power".

Speaking after a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Mexico City, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said the two had discussed the caravan that set off from Honduras last weekend, and is now at the Mexican border.

The Pentagon has authorized up to 4,000 National Guard troops to support the border mission.

"We are not smugglers, we are immigrants!" the crowd shouted as they approached the yellow metal gate. The rest want to reach the USA like him.

This year's group began traveling from Honduras on October 13 and has swollen to 4,000.

Trump tweeted on Thursday, adding that he blamed Democrats for what he called "weak laws!"

Migrants have been known to cross the river on rafts for years - sometimes encountering authorities along the way, sometimes meeting little resistance as they slipped into Mexico and continued their journey north.

The caravan caused the Mexican government to announce it would enforce immigration laws and turn back those who did not obtain a visa to travel through country.

Military leaders have repeatedly found themselves entangled in the broader immigration debate in recent months.

Mexican authorities have also said they're asking for help from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to process migrants seeking refugee status at the country's southern border.

Dozens of police in riot gear were deployed along the river bank in the town of Ciudad Hidalgo on Mexico's border with Guatemala as hundreds of migrants prepared to cross over from the Guatemalan town of Tecun Uman on the other side.

Some have said they are fleeing violence and poverty in Honduras, where human rights activists have complained of constant human rights violations.

But it also openly attacked the governments of the Central America's nations most of the migrants are coming from, including Honduras and Guatemala.

"Americans are compassionate people, and we empathize with all those who suffer and respect the desire of millions to become Americans".

Honduran activists have said they would welcome such a move, as most is channelled to security forces who are accused of repression.

"Honestly, I want to get to the states to contribute to that country, to do any kind of work, picking up garbage", he said.

"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", Trump said, referring to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

  • Jon Douglas