Migrant caravan from Honduras swells to more than 4,000 as Trump tells the GOP to make ‘horrendous, weak and outdated immigration laws’ part of their final midterm election sales pitch

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
By Paul Martin

President Trump’s advice comes as the midterms are less than three weeks away
Trump sees immigration as one of the issues that helped him win in 2016
Republican chances of keeping the House are sinking but GOP is hopeful they will maintain control of the Senate
Trump’s urging coincides with images from Central American immigrants’ march to the United States flood the news

17 October 2018

President Donald Trump is urging Republicans to make immigration their central issue in the midterm election, which is less than three weeks away, as Republican chances of keeping the House are sinking and a wave of immigrants is on the march from Central America.

His political advice comes as images from the immigrants’ march flood the news and the president himself is disputing a headline on an interview he gave the Associated Press that claims he said he won’t take the blame should the GOP falter in November.

‘Hard to believe that with thousands of people from South of the Border, walking unimpeded toward our country in the form of large Caravans, that the Democrats won’t approve legislation that will allow laws for the protection of our country. Great Midterm issue for Republicans!,’ he tweeted Wednesday morning.

‘Republicans must make the horrendous, weak and outdated immigration laws, and the Border, a part of the Midterms!,’ he added.

The president has long viewed immigration a winning issue for Republicans and partially credits his White House victory on his tough stance on the matter.

Independent political prognosticators are giving Democrats strong chances of retaking the House in November while Republicans are increasingly confident they will hold the Senate.

The president is touting the immigration issue while threatening to cut off funding to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador if those governments don’t stop waves of immigrants from coming to the United States.

Up to 3,000 migrants crossed from Honduras into Guatemala on Monday on a trek northward.

Thousands of migrants have fled Honduras and other Central American nations in an effort to escape the poverty and violence that has engulfed their homelands.

Immigration is an issue the president has consistently used as a hammer in his dealing with Congress and Democrats.

He has threatened to shut down the government if he doesn’t getting funding to build his border wall.

Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has prepped legislation that would fully fund the president’s border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border with a $23.4 billion price tag.

But Congress is in recess until after November’s election although the House could take up the matter when it returns in mid-November.

Democrats, however, oppose any legislation funding for the border wall that does not include protection for the so-called Dreamers, the children of illegal immigrants brought by their parents to the U.S. when they were young.

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