Trump warns of consequences for 'big caravan' of immigrants

Glen Norman
April 4, 2018

Caravans of migrants moving through Mexico usually attempt to raise awareness of the plight of migrants in a country where indifference toward them is common and warm welcomes are scarce.

"Under no circumstances does the government of Mexico promote irregular migration", the statement said.

The move comes after Trump Sunday threatened to cut off immigration programs like DACA, as he targeted the refugee caravan with almost 1,350 migrants who were en route to Mexico and the United States on an arduous journey from the city of Tapachula in the state of Chiapas on the Mexico-Guatemala border, to demand an end to the political corruption in their cities, and dignity and the right to asylum from Mexico and the United States. "Trump is trying to turn Central American refugees and other immigrant communities against each other, and use them as a bargaining chip with Mexico".

The Mexican government added that, while it's been keeping officials in the US informed on the situation, it's not up to Mexico to keep people from going to the apply for asylum.

There is another reason to be skeptical of the idea that Mexican authorities genuinely intend to disband and deport the illegal alien caravan, and that is the presence of Grupos Beta among them, as shown by a photo from BuzzFeed News that shows one of Grupos Beta's agents conversing with members of the caravan. A couple hundred men did break off from the group Sunday, but that was in order to hop a freight train north with hopes of finding a faster way to enter the U.S. "Mexico's 2017 Internal Security Law criminalizes human rights defenders and further endangers refugees and asylum seekers fleeing for their lives", the migrant rights organization said. "We have to follow through with our promise".

The most recent caravan, organized by the migrant advocacy group Pueblos Sin Fronteras, became controversial after conservative media warned of an "invasion" and Trump targeted the mass movement of Central Americans.

The large group that spent the night in Matías Romero, located in the Oaxaca state.

For some towns in the southern part of the country where the caravan is passing through, local officials have offered lodging in town squares and empty warehouses or arranged transport for participants of the march, according to Reuters. "They must stop them at their Northern Border, which they can do because their border laws work, not allow them to pass through into our country, which has no effective border laws".

The officials have conscripted buses, cars, ambulances and police trucks.

The current "caravan" set off on March 25 from a city near Mexico's southern border with Guatemala and had reached Oaxaca, south of Mexico City, earlier this week, a Pubelo Sin Fronteras project coordinator, Alex Mensing, told ABC News Sunday.

Trump railed once again on Twitter on Tuesday about the caravan, saying: "The big Caravan of People from Honduras, now coming across Mexico and heading to our "Weak Laws" Border, had better be stopped before it gets there. Congress must act now!"

Mexico increased its immigration enforcement in 2014, when it enacted a "Southern Border Plan" in response to a flood of unaccompanied Central American children who were transiting the country and arriving in the United States.

In January and February, Mexico deported more than 12,000 Central American migrants, according to a report from the country's interior ministry.

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