Trump puts migrant caravan at centre of midterm elections
- Author: Leroy Wright Oct 21, 2018,
Oct 21, 2018, 2:18
"Tolerating illegality is not real compassion, not for own American citizens and not for illegal immigrants who are often abused by the inherent criminality of porous borders", Steve Cortes, president of the Trump Hispanic Advisory Council and a campaign adviser, tells The Washington Times.
A Honduran migrant mother and child cower as they are surrounded by Mexican Federal Police in riot gear, at the border crossing in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, Oct. 19, 2018.
Witnesses say some of the migrants threw rocks and other objects at Mexican security forces, who used pepper spray to force the migrants to retreat.
The migrant caravan is now stopped on a bridge linking the two countries as a police barricade set up by Mexico is blocking them from entering.
Yesterday, the migrants made it to the Guatemala- Mexico Border.
"I can't say if it's directly tied to the midterms, per se, but they do want to make the plight of the immigrants a noticed political issue in Mexico and the US, as well as try to assure the migrants' safety as they apply for asylum".
Trump has pointed to the caravan as a key issue in the upcoming election, describing the group's approach as an assault on the USA border. Residents of Mexican and Guatemalan border cities brought water and food to the Hondurans after yesterday's police attack.
However, by the end of Thursday, Trump was also thanking Mexico for its efforts to contain the caravan. If the Honduran President was more responsible, there wouldn't be so much emigration, but there are no jobs.
"People are saying there's a lot of money being passed around so that this would normally hit just before an election", Mr. Trump said.
Mexican authorities deployed hundreds of riot police in advance of the caravan; vowing to cooperate with the Trump administration and stop the flow of migrants as they rushed towards the United States' southern border. "Now we're being pushed back", Weir said.
Mexico says the migrants will be processed and that those without a legitimate case to travel onwards or stay in Mexico will be returned to their countries of origin.
Some women and children made their way toward the front of the caravan Saturday, while men were at the back.
He also indicated that the military would be called upon if needed.
Trump insisted that there were criminals in the group.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has partnered with the United States in the past on immigration-related issues. "Yes, we are seeing some spikes in Central Americans crossing the border, but overall migration is at a 40-year low", Oglesby said. "Nobody is going to stop us!" "Anyone who wants to work in our country ... will have a work visa", he said. The Mexican government's crackdown on the Honduran caravan has been met with outrage by the Mexican people, the bulk of whom have family or friends who have immigrated to the USA and faced similar repression from United States immigration authorities.
By Thursday, the caravan had dispersed a bit, with the youngest and strongest of the migrants walking ahead together, some boarding buses or trying to hitch rides. The last migrants of the caravan are expected to arrive later on Friday, migrants said.