Immigrant Caravan Heading Toward US Claims Trump Is 'Bullying' Them

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

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

The revelation was made in a recent statement issued by Mexico's Foreign Relations Ministry where it addressed the issue of jointly dealing with immigration and also discussed the caravan, which has drawn attention from the USA government.

But the ministry added Mexico considers the annual caravans to be "a public demonstration that seeks to call attention to the migration phenomenon and the importance of respecting the rights of Central Americans".

The department also said that unlike in previous yearly caravans, "this time Mexican immigration authorities have offered refugee status" to participants who qualify.

The organization that President Donald Trump called out on Twitter has given an equally scathing response.

President Donald Trump threatened to cut foreign aid to Honduras over a caravan of its citizens seeking to illegal enter the US via the Mexico border.

The Mexican government addressed Trump's criticism Monday, saying in a statement that it has followed national immigration law in the case of the Pueblos Sin Fronteras caravan and "does not make immigration decisions for the United States or any other nation".

Mexico, however, does routinely stop and deport Central Americans, sometimes in numbers that rival those of the United States.

"They've been helping us, in part to speed the massive group out of their jurisdictions".

"The big Caravan of People from Honduras, now coming across Mexico and heading to our "Weak Laws" Border, had better be stopped before it gets there".

Individuals often try to reach the USA border but usually not as part of caravans, which typically do not proceed much farther north than the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

Migrants in the caravan began crossing into Mexico last Sunday.

Members of the caravan who receive such visas will be able to travel unhindered by Mexico's police and other immigration enforcement agents. How is NAFTA a cash cow for Mexico when it has led to millions of Mexicans losing their subsistence farming livelihoods as cheaper USA -taxpayer subsidized corn flooded the Mexican market?

"Under no circumstances does the government of Mexico promote irregular migration", the statement said.

Mr Trump's latest salvo against the migrants' journey comes as he has stepped up his immigration rhetoric in recent days, and his administration has moved to further crack down on people who are in the U.S. illegally.

Nielsen later tweeted that their talk focused specifically on the annual migrant caravan. A large number of participants are from Honduras, where organized crime fuels widespread violence and protesters recently took to the streets after a contested election.

Such "Stations of the Cross" caravans have been held in southern Mexico for at least the last five years.

Gina Garibo, one of the organizers of the volunteer group that organized the caravan, said that migrants would keep moving, but in smaller groups, BuzzFeed reported. So many migrants arriving at the border also presented problems, Xicotencatl said, noting very few would cross, and those remaining become targets for kidnappers.

Trump also said he would use incorporate this into renegotiations of NAFTA while also grumbling that America has "no border" thanks to former President Barack Obama.

Some members of Congress said they were uncomfortable with the idea of using the military at the border.

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