Donald Trump has said that he has alerted the military and federal border authorities that a US-bound migrant caravan from Central America was a "national emergency", and warned that the United States would begin curtailing aid to the region.
Thousands of Central American migrants hoping to reach the US were deciding Monday whether to rest in a southern Mexico town or resume their arduous walk through Mexico as President Donald Trump rained more threats on their governments.
Over the weekend, President Trump again threatened to seal off the border if Central American countries or Mexico couldn't control the flow north. "Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in", he said on Twitter.
The impoverished Central American countries "were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the US", he wrote. "We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them", Trump wrote.
The migrants have defied threats by Trump that he will close the U.S. -Mexico border if the caravan advances, as well as warnings from the Mexican government that they risk deportation if they can not justify seeking asylum in Mexico.
Originating in Honduras two weeks ago, the "caravan" has since swelled in numbers, and thousands of migrants are now marching through Mexico in a mile-long, ten-abreast convoy.
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He added a couple more tweets about "Caravan" this, Democrats that, before switching gears to proclaim "Big Night In Texas!" referring to his Monday night rally in Houston to support Ted Cruz ahead of the midterm elections. The US government's own foreign assistance website makes clear that the pledged aid, particularly to Honduras, is created to help combat "alarming levels of crime and violence", and treat "high levels of poverty and food insecurity and ineffective governance and corruption".
Most said they felt safer advancing in a large group.
He said Monday all of those involved are from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Many migrants, especially children, are suffering in the hot and humid weather, as they look for sources of food and water.
That would put them in the category of illegal migrants, not asylum-seekers.
Ulises Garcia, a Red Cross official, said some migrants with injuries from their hard trek refused to be taken to clinics or hospitals, because they didn't want to leave the caravan.