Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Mexico says U.S. troops on border won't be armed

Mexico says U.S. troops on border won't be armed

By issuing permits to the migrants, the authorities shielded them from imminent deportation from Mexico.

Not only that, the Mexican government is deporting migrants at record numbers.

The caravan, which numbered more than 1,000 Hondurans, Salvadorans and Nicaraguans, began breaking up yesterday, after the activists organising it said it had abandoned its goal of reaching the United States border and would end its activities with a rally in Mexico City.

A caravan of Central American migrants intends to move north and end its journey in Mexico City, leaving anyone seeking to reach the USA border on their own, organizers said Wednesday.

So we have to have strong borders.

"Nothing is secure, the safest thing is to stay with the caravan", Vega said.

"These themes related to migration and border security that he's advanced in the past-the caravan brings many of those together, but this time with a new, salient and highly visible angle", Harold Trinkunas, a senior fellow in the Latin America Initiative at Brookings Institution, told Newsweek.

Even before Trump got involved, this had become the biggest caravan that this group of organizers had seen.

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White House spokesman Hogan Gidley clarified and told reporters that Trump wasn't talking about the caravan but rather about extreme victimization of those making the journey north with smugglers in general. But the president has weaponized the image of a caravan of more than 1,000 immigrants flocking to the U.S.to rouse his base and build his case for increased border security.

'Five migrants who were part of the caravan arrived here this week, but they're already gone, ' he said.

Organizers have been searching for a way to safely move the roughly 1,000 people who have become a target of President Trump as a symbol of weak border controls and the need for tougher USA immigration rules. Rodrigo Abeja, one of the organizers, said help was being sought from a breakaway faction of Mexico's teachers union, which has years of experience convening large protests and is generally aligned with the country's leftist presidential candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Organizers say that migrants can now take buses on their own to Puebla, a city south of the capital, where a workshop on immigration law is planned for Friday. Mujica said that "a minimum of 80 percent" of the migrants in the group come from Honduras.

"I couldn't wait for them to kill me, " Colindres Ortega said.

"If you have a baby on our land, congratulations, that baby is a United States citizen", Trump lamented. The cultural diversity is a reminder of why people moved here in the first place. They're not sending you. Just two weeks ago Congress and President Trump approved an omnibus spending bill that includes $615 million for programs in Central American countries that address the root causes of out-migration and reform justice and security institutions.

Peña Nieto's statement also comes one day after Trump ordered the secretary of Defense to deploy National Guard troops on the U.S.

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