Trump Says He'll Send Military To Close Border If Mexico Doesn't Stop Migrants

Mexico sent hundreds of federal police officers to intercept the massive migrant caravan approaching border.

Mexico – Guatemala Border – Thousands of central American migrants traveling in a caravan broke through a border wall in Guatemala on Friday and rushed the Mexican border.

"We are going to the United States!" Edwin Santos shouted as he raced past the officers with his family. "Nobody is going to stop us!"

When the illegal immigrants arrived on Mexico’s side of a border bridge, they were met by riot squads of federal police officers, KABC reported.

Police released pepper spray after about 50 migrants managed to push past them, and the others retreated as a federal officer pleaded with the crowd to “stop the aggression” over a loudspeaker.

President Donald Trump threatened to send troops to the U.S. border with Mexico and cancel a trade deal on Thursday if that country doesn’t help stop the caravan of migrants headed to the United States.

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo was visiting Mexico City on Friday to discuss the caravan with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, as more than 5,000 migrants continued pushing northward, the Los Angeles Times reported.

President Trump was determined not to let the migrant caravan arrive at the border intact.

In April, 1,200 migrants attempted to make the trip but only about 150 arrived at the U.S. - Mexico border, despite the fact the Mexican government issued those people visas to travel through their country, The New York Times reported.

President Trump, furious with Mexico’s actions at the time, ordered National Guard troops to the U.S. southern border, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Early on Thursday morning, the President posted a series of tweets that clearly laid out the ramifications of Mexico handling this larger caravan in the same manner as they did the one in the spring.

“I am watching the Democrat Party led (because they want Open Borders and existing weak laws) assault on our country by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, whose leaders are doing little to stop this large flow of people, INCLUDING MANY CRIMINALS, from entering Mexico to U.S.,” President Trump tweeted early on Thursday morning.

“In addition to stopping all payments to these countries, which seem to have almost no control over their population, I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught - and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!” he continued in another tweet.

“The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA. Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border,” the President wrote.

Shortly thereafter, videos were released of Mexico sending two federal jetliners filled with riot police to their country’s border with Guatemala.

The Los Angeles Times reported that about 1,500 members of the new caravan have already reached the border of Guatemala and Mexico, where dozens of federal police officers were standing guard along a river that is well-known for illegal entries into Mexico.

People can usually cross from Guatemala into Mexico illegally for $1 in less than four minutes, CBS News reported.

The caravan is made up of citizens from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala who are trying to flee the economically depressed and crime-blighted countries.

The origin of the anticipated caravan was even more concerning in light of the Guatemalan president’s recent remarks about catching members of ISIS in their country.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales told a gathering of foreign affairs officials from the United States and Latin America on Oct. 11 that "close to 100 people completely linked to terrorist issues, with ISIS and that not only have we arrested them within our territory, but they have been deported to their countries of origin,” Prensa Libre reported.

On Thursday evening, President Trump acknowledged the efforts being made by Mexico to secure its own southern border.

Mexico has said those crossing into their country will have to show a passport or visa, apply for refugee status, or face deportation, The Washington Post reported.

At least 3,000 Honduran more refugees are expected to reach the Guatemala-Mexico border in the next few days.

Mexico has reached out to the United Nations Refugee Agency to help process refugee requests and “contribute to a humanitarian solution,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Unless people can show documentation that they live here there should be NO HOUSING, MEDICAL/FOOD STAMPS,EBT CARDS, ETC/ Maybe that will deter them from coming in the first place. I'm sick and tired of paying for others who do nothing and get everything for free. Step it up Mr President...........send in the troops !!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Yeah, nah. That's not how you use the military.

Many of these people are exiles from aviolent country and should be brought in and protected based on that alone.

angeleyes
angeleyes

has anyone looked at the other countries (including mexico) actually have requirements to enter their countries. Criminal history, physical history, able to support yourself, check it out. We don't and shouldn't open our borders because they SAY they're destitute or political asylum, that's how gangs, drugs, rapists, murderers, etc come into our country. Clean up the system so it doesn't take as long, but damned if we should open our borders like we did with cuba and what a fiasco that was.

GRFisk
GRFisk

Be VERY careful. The possibility that some Liberal Idiot with a Gun will use this for a Mass Shooting to blame it on Trump's decision for Arming the Border. You all know it is just ONE of their tactics. Totally despicable!!!!!

Louise S
Louise S

wearing Nikes and expensive clothes and backpacks? while none of them look like they've missed a meal...violent mobs don't belong here especially when they will break the laws any way they can to get their way.

angeleyes
angeleyes

saw a small update of more hoards of 3,000 strong ready to storm the border to get here and there are small children so don't know how they're going to stop them. This will become a constant if someone doesn't take charge of this and stop it now.

Grog
Grog

Good! Seal the border!

Grog
Grog

And what do you know about the military? That IS how you deploy them! The purpose of the military is to protect our sovereign nation!

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Hey dumb dumb @Hi_estComnDenomn It's time we start calling you Seaman Cameron. Oh wait you prefer the spelling Semen Camoron.

Scattered
Scattered

My post was sent to the wrong person. I'm sorry. But I think we all know who it was meant for .

Scattered
Scattered

Wrong person. We all know who my post went to.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

They won't stay in Mexico, they want all the freebies the US steals from it's own citizens or won't provide for them so the ones trying to infiltrate the US will push their way in unless stopped ! I wouldn't be surprised if the Mexican govt. tells their troops to stand down and step aside to let them through........just my thoughts

Lookoutguy
Lookoutguy

Whether it is based upon politics or economics, it's an invasion and must be stopped. Period.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Low_EST IQ said -"Plenty, because i served. How long did you serve, shipmate?"

The only thing you served was Burgers and Fries behind the counter at BurgerMcDicKing. After trying to train you 7 times , the Manager "dishonorably discharged "you due to your inability to properly operate the soda dispenser. Yeah, you served.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Low_EST IQ said "Yeah, nah. That's not how you use the military."

So General Low.....it is your professional conjecture and abundant prior military expertise that our US military is being misused in this situation ....and you base this on all those years of what?..... playing with your little toy soldiers in the backyard? watching war game videos? you like the look of camouflage ? ......yes, you have it all figured out huh? NOT. Yes, we know you try ...but never succeed. Our Military branches are all wrong and we need to start listening to a demented screw loose maggot......That could happen.