3,000 Hondurans Make New Run For US Border; Trump Threatens To Cut Aid If Not Stopped

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Tue, 10/16/2018

An estimated 2,500 – 3,000 Honduran migrants crossed into Guatemala on Monday for a second northbound trek to the US border in six months, following a tense standoff with police in riot gear.

Rows of Guatemalan police in black uniforms, some wearing helmets and shields, initially blocked migrants from reaching a customs booth, Reuters images showed. It was not clear how long the standoff lasted, but the group was ultimately able to cross, said march organizer Bartolo Fuentes, a former Honduran lawmaker.

A police official on site said all Central Americans could pass freely through the region as long as they complied with migration control. -Yahoo!

“We’re going to drop in on Donald Trump. He has to take us in,” said 24-year-old Andrea Fernandez, who left Honduras with a newborn baby, a 5-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son because she said she could not find work and feared for their safety.

The caravan’s attempt to seek asylum in the United States will spotlight President Trump’s hardline immigration stance right ahead of midterms – as images of sobbing mothers and their malnourished children are sure to dominate headlines, should the group make it to the southern US border.

President Trump on Tuesday threatened to cut off roughly $175 million in annual aid to Honduras if their government doesn’t stop the caravan’s progression.

“The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to the U.S. is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately!” tweeted Trump.

Vice President Mike Pence called on presidents in the region to control the migrants, offering economic help and development in return.

Meanwhile, the US Embassy in Honduras said in a Sunday statement “We are seriously concerned about the caravan of migrants traveling north from Honduras, with false promises of entering the United States by those who seek to exploit their compatriots.”

Guatemala says that they have not promoted or endorsed any “irregular migration,” while many have noted the potentially political timing of the new caravan:

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