Thousands of refugees and migrants from Central America are walking and hitchhiking northwards through Mexico, and Donald Trump has dispatched more than 5,000 troops southwards to help secure the US border amid what has has termed “an emergency”.
In addition to this original group, more than 1,000 migrants in a second caravan that forced its way across the river from Guatemala have begun arriving in the southern Mexico city of Tapachula.
About 2,000 migrants began walking north from El Salvador’s capital on Wednesday, making it the third group to try and reach the US.
Mr Trump has made clear he will do everything in his power to stop them, dispatching extra troops, threatening to shut border entirely and telling them on social media to go home.
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As US national politics dominates headlines surrounding the migrant caravans travelling towards the nation’s southern border, what follows are photographs and details about the people making the arduous journey in search of a safer, better life.
Not all Republican lawmakers have signed on to Donald Trump’s controversial rhetoric surrounding the migrant caravans travelling towards the US-Mexico border.
Speaking with reporters in Nashville, Senator Bob Corker said, “We all know what’s happening. It’s all about revving up the base, using fear to stimulate people to come out at the polls.”
The Tennessee Republican also rejected claims the caravans have been funded by Democrats, saying, “”I said, are you kidding me? If anybody’s funding it, it’s some Republican donor, because it has obviously turned into an election issue that has benefited the Republican side.”
As Donald Trump points to the migrant caravans travelling towards the United States as a reason to vote Republican, a wave of Democratic candidates across the country have used the controversy to juxtapose their own stances on the issue.
Maryland Senator Rich Madaleno tweeted this message after the president spent the week suggesting he would eliminate birthright citizenship for children born in the US:
When asked if the surge in active duty troops heading to the US-Mexico border was “political stunt” ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, US Defence Secretary James Mattis responded, “We don’t do stunts.”
The comment was met with immediate criticism online, with pundits and reports noting the massive presence would be larger than the current rate of troops in Afghanistan.
Here’s the latest from Reuters:
Donald Trump will make remarks on immigration on Thursday before he leaves for a political rally, according to a White House official.
The remarks will be around 4 p.m. (2000 GMT) but no additional details were immediately available, the official said. Mr Trump has made illegal immigration his main focus in the days leading up to the 6 November congressional elections that will determine if his fellow Republicans keep control of the White House.
Donald Trump’s administration was entirely aware far fewer migrants would actually reach the US-Mexico border than the thousands currently seen in southern Mexico, according to a Newsweek investigation.
However, the president still plans on sending as many as 15,000 active duty troops to the region — a larger presence than that currently serving in Afghanistan.
“Thousands of weary Central Americans in a migrant caravan aiming to reach the United States had their visions of quick transport hundreds of miles ahead to Mexico City dashed Wednesday as dozens of hoped-for buses failed to materialize.
The migrants took the day off from walking and hitching rides in packed trucks from small town to small town as representatives tried to negotiate rides for all 4,000 or so in hope of relief from the long and exhausting grind.
But as the day wore on there was no sign Mexican authorities intended to accede to the demand, and by evening leaders acknowledged it wasn’t going to happen.”
The migrants set out before dawn after taking a day’s break in the Oaxaca state city of Juchitan. The activists said they would try to reach the town of Matias Romero, about 40 miles ahead.
“We have to have a wall of people,” Mr Trump said. His call to send troops to the border has been condemned by a number of human rights groups.
Mr Trump has highlighted the case of Luis Bracamontes, a twice-deported immigrant from Mexico sentenced to death in California for killing two police officers.
The advert includes expletives uttered by Bracamontes during his trial professing regret at not killing more officials.
The captioned reads: “Illegal immigrant, Luis Bracamontes, killed our people!” It adds: “Democrats let him into our country…Democrats let him stay.”
The video includes scenes of a migrant “caravan,” warning, “Who else would Democrats let in?” Mr Trump provides no evidence linking Democrats to Bracamontes.
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