Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Trump praises Mexico for breaking up 'caravan'

Trump praises Mexico for breaking up 'caravan'

"Trump's conduct has been permanently and systematically, not only disrespectful, but insulting, based on prejudices and misinformation and making frequent use of threats and blackmail", said Laura Rojas, head of the Mexican Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, Reuters reported.

According to a press release by Mexico's Foreign Ministry, Washington assured the deployed troops won't be armed or carry immigration or custom duties, but will instead only assist the Department of Homeland Security and compared the action to Bush's 2006 Operation Jump Start and Obama's 2010 Operation Phalanx.

Lopez Obrador said crime rates in USA border cities have been falling in recent years, as has the number of Mexicans seeking to cross the border.

It also reiterates the "fundamental importance of respecting the dignity and human rights of the Mexicans in the United States".

Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who holds a double-digit lead in polls ahead of a July 1 vote, blasted Trump's plan to post National Guard troops along the Mexican frontier.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto lashed out at his USA counterpart Donald Trump on Thursday amid growing tensions over migration and border security, saying "threatening or disrespectful attitudes" were unjustified.

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US-Mexican ties have been strained since Trump won office on the back of a campaign heavy on anti-Mexican rhetoric.

Elmer Zelaya of El Salvador prepares a breakfast of eggs and sausage for his family of five, at the sports club where Central American migrants traveling with the annual "Stations of the Cross" caravan are camped out, in Matias Romero, Oaxaca State, Mexico, Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

"We will reach Puebla in different buses.

The threat of militarizing the border.is not an act of respect", she wrote in a letter addressed to Trump. Many have been given temporary transit visas which they intend to use to request asylum in the United States.

A smaller caravan is expected to continue its way to the border, mostly composed of women and children, while others may remain in Mexico and apply for a refugee status there. For the organizers, the multitude guaranteed more attention to the plight of the migrants, many of whom were fleeing hardship and violence.

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