Abril 20, 2018

Trump outraged over Mexico migrant 'caravan'

04 Abril 2018, 12:18 | Dolorita Barahona

Mexico rejects President Trump's accusation it fosters illegal migration

The group of Central American immigrants made their way into Mexico last week

The caravan organizers, Pueblos Sin Fronteras, or People without Borders, appeared to have concluded that it is safer for these people to travel together.

Some of that help has included using buses, cars, ambulances and police trucks organized by local officials to move people along. But the help may not be entirely altruistic.

"They wanted to create a law that respected immigrants and cleaned up human-rights violations", Selee said.

"Let this be heard near and far: neither security issues nor social problems can be resolved with walls", he said, condemning Trump's "mistaken foreign policy" and "contemptuous attitude toward Mexicans".

Immigration policy specialists added that there's a difference between the Mexican laws on the books and enforcement of those laws.

Kreuger said the developments could also weigh on the patience of Mexican and Canadian officials, who have already threatened to walk away from the deal.

"These kinds of caravans are utilized by people that are not migrants, who pass themselves off as migrants and try to extort other participants in the caravan", said Alberto Xicoténcatl, director of a migrant shelter in Saltillo, in northern Mexico.

In series of tweets beginning over the weekend, Trump blamed the Mexican government for letting the caravan travel unimpeded, but he reserved most of his scorn for "weak" USA immigration laws that he said were encouraging the marchers. "They must stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA", he concluded.

KAHN: Well, Mexico's foreign minister was quick to send out his own tweet to say that every single day Mexico and the USA are cooperating on migration issues.

Mexico has been aggressive in deporting illegal immigrants from Central America in recent years, a fact Trump noted Tuesday in a tweet praising Mexico's "very strong" border laws.

For the second straight day, Trump took to Twitter to attack Mexico for allowing the 1,500-strong group to march unimpeded toward the United States, their daily progress mapped out by USA media. A Mexican immigration official told Flores that the decision was not a response to Trump's tirade, but the USA president appeared to take some credit on Tuesday.

Videgaray's response came hours after Trump pointedly criticized Mexico on Sunday morning.

But the service seizes three times as much cocaine moving by sea as what USA agencies intercept at border checkpoints, putting a dent into Trump's argument that a border wall would dry up hard drug supply in the United States.

A great percentage of the caravan is made of Hondurans seeking to escape systemic poverty and political unrest.

"Canada is committed to concluding a modern, mutually beneficial NAFTA as soon as possible", Freeland spokesman Adam Austen said, while declining to comment on her schedule. "We're suffering a progressive militarization and lack of institutions, and. they're criminalizing those who protested".

Deportations continued at about the same pace in the first two months of 2018, with 15,835 people returned to Central American countries.

One point bolstering Trump's position is that Mexico does allow a much lower rate of immigration as a percentage of its population than the United States does.

Andrade said members of his organization tried to accompany a caravan of migrants in 2014, but it became "infiltrated" by organized crime. "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".

Typically, Central Americans have not fared well with United States asylum claims, particularly those from Honduras.

The group further pointing out that "The systematic violence encountered throughout the migrant route in Mexico is exacerbated by anti-immigrant enforcement policies backed by the US government, fueled by the Merida Initiative, and paid by the people of the USA and Mexico".

"We have been following the course of this caravan, whose numbers have fallen significantly".

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