USA will 'stop onslaught of illegal aliens' crossing border
- Author: Jon Douglas Oct 22, 2018,
Oct 22, 2018, 2:04
Cruz, 20, said she was going to ask for political asylum because of threats and repression she faced back in Honduras from President Juan Orlando Hernandez's governing party. But about 3,000 migrants broke down fences so they could improperly enter the country without permission.
President Trump tweeted on Sunday that border security officials continued their "full efforts.to stop the onslaught of illegal aliens" attempting to travel to the USA southern border via a large migrant caravan - while also describing such caravans as "a disgrace to the Democrat Party".
A number of police personnel were injured and an undetermined number of migrants was wounded in the clashes.
At least a dozen migrants stuck on the bridge jumped into the Suchiate River below. Pushing forward, the illegals attacked the police, injuring several, and were stopped when the cops used tear gas to beat them back. As the afternoon drew on, a tropical storm, Vicente, formed nearby off the Pacific coast.
The caravan was headed for Tapachula, a city about 37 km (23 miles) north of the Mexico-Guatemala border, the officers told CNN. Some said they hoped to stay in Mexico, but that they had no idea how to get the documents needed to do so.
Mexican authorities haven't said whether anyone from the caravan will be permitted to travel to the United States border.
Group leaders said the caravan, which will be smaller than the original one, would strike out Sunday morning for the city of Tapachula.
US President Trump has repeatedly warned the migrants to turn back, threatening to close down the US border and cut aid to countries allowing the caravan to pass.
Such a move by Mr. Trump would cause chaos on the border, one of the world's busiest, and badly disrupt trade.
"The more the USA border has become militarized, the more migration has become the realm of organized criminal elements in Mexico, the more expensive it is for Central Americans, the more risky it is for Central Americans and the more that we're going to see these caravans that are a form of protection for Central Americans as they cross through Mexico", Oglesby said. "If that doesn't work out, we're calling up the military - not the Guard". "They're not coming into this country".
Their emigrants make up the bulk of people now caught trying to enter the United States illegally every year.
He also threatened to send in the U.S. military to "CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!" and keep out "MANY CRIMINALS" among the migrants.
Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray insisted Mexico would not cave to pressure to detain the migrants, urging the Trump administration to address the root causes of their northward flight: violent crime and poverty. Mexican authorities previously outlined their plan to respond to the caravan once it arrived at their border.
As the migrants surged across the border bridge a group of around 50 managed to force their way through before being met by police in riot gear, who subdued them with pepper spray, before others retreated, with some jumping to the river below.
The Mexican government has been in ongoing communication with members of the caravan and explained that those requesting refugee status would receive assistance according to Mexican and worldwide law. He also suggested they are ready to welcome the migrants with open arms because they are likely to vote for them in elections.
Mexico's interior secretary, Alfonso Navarrete Prida, denounced violence and acts of "provocation" by some of the migrants in the caravan and vowed that Mexico would respect the rights of those seeking entry into Mexico.