Trump appears to threaten USMCA deal when lashing out at migrant caravan

Glen Norman
October 20, 2018

President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would to deploy the US military and close the southern border if Mexico did not move to halt large groups of migrants headed for the United States from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Trump zeroed in on Mexico's role Thursday, tweeting that he cared more about the caravan than the recently renegotiated North American trade deal between Mexico and Canada.

"One way or another, the way Mexico treats the undocumented immigrants from Central America affects Mexico's position in how it can criticize the USA government for its treatment of undocumented Mexican immigrants in the United States", Salazar told CNN en Español.

Trump, who ran in 2016 promising to tighten United States immigration laws end the inflow of people entering the country illegally, has called for cutting off foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador if they do not stop the migrants.

One - Carolina Aguilar - told reporters at the weekend that gangs had killed her husband earlier this year and she was leaving the country with her two daughters. But trade attorney Daniel Ujczo of Dickinson Wright PLLC said there "is a significant concern" that Trump will hold the pact hostage "in any number of issues that will arise between the US and Mexico as well as the USA and Canada".

Mexican authorities, in a bid to soothe Mr Trump's fury and to deter the migrants, without appearing to violate worldwide law, have asked the United Nations to set up a migrant processing centre near its southern border.

A deal emerged Thursday night between the United States and Mexico to avert an approaching crisis triggered by the second caravan of illegal immigrants of 2018 heading toward the United States.

The migrants are fleeing Honduras where they say they have no prospects.

Central American migrants hiked from Honduras through muddy jungle and residential streets, some toting babies along with backpacks, Reuters images show. Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border.

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.

Mexican officials said on Wednesday that those without papers would have to apply for refugee status or turn back.

The march of the migrant has swollen now to 4,000 people, mostly Hondurans. "All Democrats fault for weak laws!" Others prepared to cross the river in rafts, the traditional way migrants enter.

"We have evidence that this caravan is also very much politically motivated", he claimed.

"We welcome the Government of Mexico's statement that they will seek cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to address immigration issues in the region, including the influx of people arriving in Mexico", he said in a statement.

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