Trump says immigrant caravan is a national emergency with ‘criminals and unknown Middle Easterners mixed in’ and vows to cut foreign aid to countries that failed to stop it as sea of humanity grows to 7,000 and pushes deeper into Mexico

Monday, October 22, 2018
By Paul Martin

Trump suggests gangsters and terrorists – ‘unknown Middle Easterners’ – are mixed in with migrant caravan
He warns El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to expect cuts in U.S. aid money for not stopping the people
President also urges voters to elect more Republicans 15 days from now if they want fewer illegal immigrants
Department of Homeland Security said it is ‘closely monitoring’ group after it crossed into Mexico
DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen vowed to root out cartels trying to help desperate foreigners into the U.S.
Caravan now numbers around 7,000 people after it skirted around Mexican border guards and fences
President Trump said ‘full efforts’ are being made to stop ‘onslaught of illegal aliens’ crossing the border

22 October 2018

President Donald Trump renewed his claim on Monday that the sea of humanity inching its way north from Central Americato the United States is a pit of unsavory gangsters and terrorists.

Trump complained on Twitter that Mexico has been unable to stop the thousands of Hondurans and Guatemalans who have captured humanitarian interest while they’ve piqued his outrage.

‘Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emerg[enc]y. Must change laws!’ he tweeted.

The president also returned to his political messaging just 15 days before the midterm congressional election, saying voters who fear the impact of a mass influx of illegal immigrants should elect more Republicans.

‘Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws! Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally,’ he said.

Trump reiterated, too, his threat to pull foreign aid from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, an unprecedented consequence for the developing nations whose migrant exodus has largely been controlled by drug cartels and human traffickers, not government agencies.

The Department of Homeland Security is warning that Mexico’s cartels will try to ‘prey on the vulnerabilities’ of migrants in the caravan, now 7,000 strong.

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen warned that criminals and people smugglers will be hunted down and ‘prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.’

Nielsen spoke as thousands marched on through Mexico toward the U.S. on Sunday after evading fences and guards along the border with Guatemala.

Up to 7,000 people are now traveling in the caravan, according to the Los Angeles Times; the Associated Press reported 5,000 and AFP counted as few as 3,000.

Several thousand are thought to have returned home, some on buses provided by the Guatemalan government, after being blocked at the Mexican border.

But a new group of 1,000 Hondurans have begun the journey, vowing to following in the footsteps of the first.

Mexican officials say 640 people stopped at their border before applying for legal refuge, including 164 women, more than 104 children and teenagers, and many older and disabled people.

Of those who managed to cross the border most ended up in a town called Tapachula, around 20 miles from the border at Ciudad Hidalgo, where they rested on Sunday night before continuing their march.

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