Trump uses migrant caravan as weapon against Democrats

Trump uses migrant caravan as weapon against Democrats

The numbers trying to enter the United States had prompted a warning from Mr Trump, where he insisted he would call up the USA military and close the southern border with Mexico if Mexico failed to stop the masses of people from travelling through that country.

Early Sunday, they began walking toward the Suchiate River to team up with those who weren't allowed to cross into Mexico.

Thousands of Honduran migrants resumed their march toward the United States on Sunday from the southern Mexican city of Ciudad Hidalgo.

As the caravan of Central American migrants enters Mexico, a senior Trump administration official praised the Mexican police for their handling of the "crisis on their southern border". After Mexican authorities slowed access through the border bridge to a crawl, hundreds of migrants began boarding rafts or wading across the river and crossing into Mexico illegally.

"No, I'll fight. I'll try again", said Honduran Hilda Rosa as her four teenage children sat upright, beaming as she pumped the air with her fist.

The number of migrants swelled to about 5,000 as more people continue to join the group that stretches for about a mile.

After days of traveling, often on foot, they appeared to be one step closer to reaching their goal.

The US is trying to establish Mexico as a 'safe third country, ' a filter that would be in charge of handling asylum petitions for Central American immigrants.

President Trump threatened in a series of tweets on Thursday to "call up the USA military and close our SOUTHERN BORDER" if Mexico doesn't do anything to stop the flow of migrants moving north.

Ambassador Luis Manuel Lopez Moreno added that more than 100 migrants had been allowed to cross the bridge to apply for refugee status, including some who were from the caravan and others who were not.

"One way or another, we will pass", they changed, clambering atop to USA -donated military jeeps parked at the scene as Guatemalan police looked on.

"We're running away from violence, and we arrive here and they just hit us more", sobbed 28-year-old Marta Ornelas Cazares, who was nursing her baby - but had lost her other two children, aged 10 and 15, in the turmoil.

"So as of this moment, I thank Mexico", Trump said Friday at an event in Scottsdale, Arizona. They extort them for money", Oglesby said, "They sometimes force them to work as couriers for drug trafficking.

Olivin Castellanos, 58, a truck driver and mason from Villanueva, Honduras, said he took a raft across the river after Mexico blocked the bridge.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said the border clash was "unprecedented" and accused some of the migrants of attacking police.

Most of the migrants who had gathered there were from Honduras, but there were also people from El Salvador and Guatemala, Frederick said.

"So as of this moment, I thank Mexico", Trump said Friday at an event in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Yesterday, the migrants made it to the Guatemala- Mexico Border.

It is unknown from where the additional 3,000 came - Guatemala or Mexico.

"They're not coming into this country", he said.

"If that doesn't work out, we're calling up the military - not the (National) Guard - we're calling up the military", he told reporters.

Mexican authorities haven't said whether anyone from the caravan will be permitted to travel to the United States border. He also suggested they are ready to welcome the migrants with open arms because they are likely to vote for them in elections.

A family in the migrant caravan waits at a gate separating Guatemala from Mexico.