Abril 20, 2018

Honduras strikes back at Trump's threat over migrant 'caravan'

05 Abril 2018, 03:53 | Gervasio Siguenza

Trump threatens to stop aid to Honduras unless caravan is stopped

Large migrant'caravan heading to US border

He warned the government of Mexico that if the caravan isn't stopped, he would punish the country during the ongoing renegotiation of NAFTA.

In referring to "caravans", the president seemed to be citing an annual campaign by Pueblo Sin Fronteras ("people without borders"), which organizes hundreds of people into a well-publicized cross-country trip to seek sanctuary and attract attention to the struggles for rights and against poverty in Central America. It has done so each year for the last 10 years to help bring attention to the rights of migrants, especially those fleeing unsafe situations. Some are from Guatemala and El Salvador.

We'll keep an eye on this story to make sure the mob really has been dispersed, but the bottom line is this: You can bet Mexico would have let that caravan move all the way to California if Trump hadn't applied pressure via NAFTA.

Photo The caravan migrants speaking with Mexican immigration officials.

The ministries added that officials had sent 400 members of the caravan back to their countries.

A stream, shrouded by bushes and trees, is the latrine for the group, which once numbered about 1,500 but now hovers around 1,100, organizers said. A spokesperson for the group, Gina Gribo, told VOA that the organization supports migrants fighting for their rights.

As for the suddenly high-profile caravan of migrants, the event "is largely meant to highlight migrants' rights in Mexico", he says.

Martin Roja, a local director of Grupo Beta, the welfare arm of Mexico's migration authorities, said his group was in Matias Romero registering migrants to provide them with documentation that could regularize their migration status within Mexico. "I think it's something we have to do".

USA trade expert Dan Ujczo said he's heard a "handshake" deal could be announced as early as mid-April as a way to calm market movements and political rhetoric surrounding NAFTA, particularly with US and Mexican elections on the horizon.

Migrants who have participated in past caravans said some have reached the United States but failed to enter the country.

Craft said Trump wants a renegotiated NAFTA because the current deal "hasn't lifted all boats evenly". However, other officials have said that those with no grounds to be in Mexico will have to leave.

A Mexican source said USA negotiators had shown "some flexibility" on the issue, adding that the three nations were now looking at alternatives. In both instances, they did not act as law enforcement personnel.

Ambassador Gutiérrez called it a "daunting task" to address immigration "not only between Mexico and the US, but regionally".

Trump suggested in another tweet that Republicans were nullifying the Democratic opposition in Congress and pushing through tougher immigration laws, declaring, "NO MORE DACA AGREEMENT".

The Trump administration says it is working with governors to "immediately" deploy the National Guard to combat illegal immigration at the U.S. -Mexico border.

For if we tune out the noise from Mr. Trump's twitter feed, and consider the backlash from American business to damage inflicted by the China trade fight, there are signs Washington is prepared strike a NAFTA deal and would be happy for political reasons to see one very soon.

For numerous people who have remained in the park, the dream has remained to go to the United States.

Many Catholic priests, nuns and laypeople assist migrants as they traverse Mexico by operating a network of shelters, which run the length of the country and offer humanitarian and legal assistance.

The time limit for the law passed in March.

Trump then launched into attacks on familiar targets: Congress, Democrats and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - urging, "Act now Congress, our country is being stolen!"

Here are five things to know about the men and women, mostly from Central America, waiting for Mexico to decide their fate.

But other non-auto industry sources tell Global News that the gap has grown between the three countries in other areas.

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