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Migrant caravan – live updates: Moving photos of immigrants travelling to US border as Trump stokes fears ahead of elections – Trump Latest News

Migrant caravan – live updates: Moving photos of immigrants travelling to US border as Trump stokes fears ahead of elections – Trump Latest News

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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A little boy cries as he is led on a leash through a makeshift camp where a thousands-strong caravan of Central Americans hoping to reach the U.S. border takes a rest day in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Thousands of weary Central American migrants in a caravan rested Wednesday in southern Mexico while their representatives tried to negotiate transportation hundreds of miles ahead to the capital, but by evening there was bad news: they’d be walking again the next day. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

 



Salvador Amilca Munoz Sanchez, 12, from El Salvador, bathes at the makeshift camp where a thousands-strong caravan of Central Americans hoping to reach the U.S. border is taking a rest day in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Thousands of weary Central American migrants in a caravan rested Wednesday in southern Mexico while their representatives tried to negotiate transportation hundreds of miles ahead to the capital, but by evening there was bad news: they’d be walking again the next day. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

 



Many of the migrants making the trek from Honduras, El Salvador and southern Mexico are women and children escaping gang violence and economic despair.

 



JUCHITAN DE ZARAGOZA, MEXICO – OCTOBER 31: Members of the Central American caravan bathe at dusk in a camp on October 31, 2018 in Juchitan, de Zaragoza, Mexico. The group of migrants, many of them fleeing violence in their home countries, took a rest day on Wednesday and plan to resume their march towards the United States border on Thursday. As fatigue from the heat distance and poor sanitary conditions has set in, the numbers of people participating in the march has slowly dwindled but a significant group are still determined to get to the United Sates. On Monday an official said that the Pentagon will deploy up to 5,000 active-duty troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in an effort to prevent members of the migrant caravan from illegally entering the country. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

 



Children play a bingo game given to them by Mexico’s human rights organization, that teaches them about the rights of migrant children, as a thousands-strong caravan of Central Americans hoping to reach the U.S. border takes a rest day in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Thousands of weary Central American migrants in a caravan rested Wednesday in southern Mexico while their representatives tried to negotiate transportation hundreds of miles ahead to the capital, but by evening there was bad news: they’d be walking again the next day. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

 



Relatives react next to the coffin of Henry Adalid Diaz, a Honduran migrant who died during a clash with Mexican police at the Mexico-Guatemala border on Sunday while traveling with other migrants on the caravan of Central Americans en route to the U.S., at his home in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, October 31, 2018. Picture taken October 31, 2018. REUTER/Jorge Cabrera

 



A Honduran migrant taking part in a caravan heading to the US, pushes a stroller with two children on his way from San Pedro Tapanatepec to Santiago Niltepec, Oaxaca state, Mexico, on October 29, 2018. – Strollers have become a luxury item for migrants in their journey, not only for the number of toddlers, but also because they can be used to carry their belongings. (Photo by Guillermo Arias / AFP)GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images

 



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. 

 



It appears migrants won’t be getting the buses they were hoping for to travel towards Mexico City, the Associated Press has reported:

“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.”



Thousands of Central American refugees and migrants have resumed their slow trek through southern Mexico, and activists aiding the group have told Reuters they are shifting their route toward the Gulf coast, a path closer to the Texas border. 

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. 
 



Mr Trump also spoke about the issue in an interview aired last night on ABC. he claimed a that a military presence on the border is needed to protect from the thousands of refugees and migrants heading to the border – many of them fleeing violence in Central America.

“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.

 



Here are some more words from Mr Trump at the rally in Florida last night. There is no doubt he is using hardline immigration rhetoric to try and push his supporters to the polls in next week’s midterm elections.

 

 



Here is the video:

 
 



Mr Trump has also pinned a video alleging Democrats were responsible for allowing a convicted cop killer into the US to the top of his Twitter feed. But he is providing no evidence supporting his claim. 

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. 



Last night, Donald Trump raised the issue of birthright citizen at a ‘Make America Great Again’ rally in Florida – hitting at a policy which he has vowed to end.
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