Trump To Send Troops, Close Border if Mexico Won't Stop Migrant March

Donald Trump slams Democrats for being weak on border as migrant caravan approaches

"Hard to believe that with thousands of people from South of the Border, walking unimpeded toward our country in the form of large Caravans, that the Democrats won't approve legislation that will allow laws for the protection of our country".

In his third tweet of the morning, the president called the caravan part of an "an assault on our country by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador" - and he accused Democrats of leading the effort through their support of open borders and a weak enforcement of USA immigration laws. Trump said that the immigration debate would be a "great midterm issue for Republicans", with November's elections less than one month away.

Honduran migrants taking part in a caravan towards the United States, leave the Casa del Migrante (Migrant's House) in Guatemala City, Oct. 17, 2018. Believing their chances of entering the U.S. are greater in numbers, the migrants have been hitching rides and hiking through Guatemala, with the aim of approaching the United States through Mexico.

"Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border", he wrote.

The migrant caravan from Honduras has swelled in size despite President Donald Trump threatening to cut aid to the country.

Upon reaching Mexico, the migrants must show a valid visa to enter the country, or face deportation, therefore Trump has focused much of his pressure on the Mexican government.


The group of would-be immigrants, which has now grown to as many as 4,000 people, left Honduras and plans to head through Mexico toward the U.S. border, infuriating Trump. Again, Trump used the caravan to push tough immigration laws, which were rejected by Democrats.

The president's latest threat against the caravan that originated in Honduras - and which is heading to the U.S.in a bid to escape Honduras' poverty and violence - comes as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is heading to Central America to talk with leaders about the issue. Visas were granted to a handful of these migrants.

The president's comments come 19 days before the midterm elections, in which he is focusing on rallying his base over his central campaign issue of hardening USA immigration policy.

In 2016, it was estimated that 400,000 migrants pass through Mexico every year.

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