Donald Trump Threatens to Send U.S. Military to Stop Migrant Caravan

Leroy Wright
October 18, 2018

President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to send the United States military to the U.S. -Mexico border to stop a group of immigrants from entering the United States.

Trump has made security on the southern border one of the signature issues of his two-year presidency, calling for a "wall" and frequently railing against what he describes as a flood of rapists, gangs and "bad hombres".

President Donald Trump took a break from defending the Saudi royal family, believed to have ordered the execution of a WaPo columnist, to whip up his base before the midterm elections with some good old fashioned Twitter fear mongering.

Frustrated by Congress' failure to fully fund his proposed wall at the border with Mexico, Mr Trump in April ordered National Guard personnel to help the Department of Homeland Security secure the border in four southwestern USA states. Democrats in 2013 led the charge to overhaul the nation's immigration laws, an effort that stalled because of opposition from Republicans who controlled the House. "Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border", Mr Trump wrote.

".The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA".

Trump's comments came in a series of tweets on Thursday.

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More than 2,000 Hondurans are in a migrant caravan trying to reach the United States.

Military officials instructed troops to alert border agents if they encountered migrants, rather than intervene themselves except in cases of self defense.

Numerous more than 2,000 Hondurans in a migrant caravan trying to wend its way to the United States are finding help from sympathetic Guatemalans even as local governments and U.S. President Donald Trump are trying to discourage them. The Army also restricted the use of weapons to personnel who may need to use force.

More Honduran migrants tried to join a caravan of several thousand trekking through Guatemala on Wednesday, defying calls by authorities not to make the journey.

The migrants say they organized for the long and hard journey on social media, but Washington suspects the group has been organized as a deliberate provocation.

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