Migrants vacate caravan camp in southern Mexico

Glen Norman
April 6, 2018

As tensions between Mexico and the United States heat up over a migrant caravan reportedly seeking to cross the border, families forming part of the group have begun registering with Mexican immigration officials to safeguard their status in the country.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo, Joint Chiefs chairman challenged Trump plans to withdraw from Syria: report Mexican senators call on Pena Nieto to halt cooperation with United States after Trump attacks Trump signs off on memo to send National Guard to southern border MORE on Thursday credited Mexico's "strong immigration laws" with disbanding a so-called "caravan" of Central American migrants before it reached the USA, saying that a "giant scene" at the southern border was prevented.

The Mexican foreign ministry warned that any escalation could hurt relations between Mexico and the U.S.

Mexico's foreign ministry said the U.S. National Guard troops at the border won't be armed.

"Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she had been working with governors of the southwest border states to develop agreements on where and how many Guardsmen will be deployed". He also has family in the United States who has helped fund his trip northward with the caravan.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto scolded President Trump in a new video Thursday for taking a "threatening" attitude toward his country, and praising the Mexican Senate for condemning Mr. Trump's comments this week about immigration.

Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who holds a double-digit lead in polls ahead of a July 1 vote, blasted Trump's plan to post National Guard troops along the Mexican frontier.

US-Mexican ties have been strained since Trump won office on the back of a campaign heavy on anti-Mexican rhetoric.

The migrants had been camped out at a sports field in southern Oaxaca since the weekend.

Pena Nieto has twice canceled plans to visit Washington after tense phone calls with Trump in which the Republican president refused to back down from his insistence that Mexico pay for his planned border wall.

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