Migrant Caravan's Arduous Journey Through Central America Toward U.S

Trump threatens to use military to close Mexican border as migrant caravan approaches

Trump wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile in Arizona large groups of Central American migrants continue to surrender to Border Patrol agents, with the arrival of one recent group numbering 108 captured in dramatic video images, authorities said on Friday.

The migrants are mostly Hondurans, but others like Salvadoran Jonathan Guzman have joined the caravan en route. The nearest border is about 110 miles (177 km) away. "We will address every case", he said.

Mexico's peso weakened more than 1.5 percent against the dollar on Thursday, partly driven by Trump's comments, analysts said.

President Donald Trump on Thursday morning accused Democrats of orchestrating an illegal immigrant "assault on our country".

Several thousand Honduran migrants seeking to escape violence and poverty moved through Guatemala on the way to Mexico, with some hoping to enter the United States.

Illegal immigration is likely to be a top issue in November 6 US congressional elections.

Arrests of almost 100 ISIS terrorists in Guatemala has a Washington, D.C., nonprofit government watchdog sounding alarms on that huge caravan of migrants marching north from that country and Honduras through Mexico to the USA border. In April, several hundred made it to the us border near San Diego, and a limited number were allowed to apply for asylum in the U.S.

Speaking on the Televisa network, Videgaray did not seem concerned about Trump's threat to close the US-Mexico border, saying it had to be viewed in light of the hotly contested US midterm elections, in which Trump has made border security a major campaign issue.

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Immigration was found to be the fifth most important issue for voters in a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll but Mr Trump is returning to familiar territory by renewing his case for a wall to be built on the southern USA border which was a main theme of his 2016 presidential victory.

The map above shows the journey the caravan is taking from Honduras through Guatemala and up through Mexico into the U.S.

He was referring to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which is awaiting ratification.

The border post is guarded by a heavy security force and tall metal gates.

While Mr Trump has sent national guard troops to the border before, it is unclear what he means by shutting it down entirely, and whether that would affect businesses or people with legitimate visas.

Cristian, a 34-year-old cell phone repairman from San Pedro Sula, said he left Honduras because gang members had demanded protection payments of $83 a month, a fifth of his income. There are no official estimates of the size of the group.

Now, Scalise says that Trump was "clearly ribbing" Gianforte for the incident, claiming that "not one [Trump supporter] harassed the numerous media reporters who were present".

"It was predictable, and it's also very close to the election", he said.

Mexico's government says migrants with proper documents can enter and those who don't either have to apply for refugee status or face deportation.

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