Trump Threatens Military Response to Asylum Seekers

Mexico sends federal forces to its southern border as migrant caravan heads north

President Donald Trump on Thursday dusted off the cobwebs of an old proposal from April to deploy military troops along the southern usa border in an effort to stem illegal crossings by immigrants.

In his series of Thursday tweets, Trump threatened to rip up a recently signed trade agreement with Mexico if Enrique Peña Nieto's government doesn't act to stop illegal immigration and the drug trade at the border, with Mexican drug cartels making an estimated $19-29 billion per year on drug sales in the US.

In a series of raging tweets, the U.S. president urged Mexico to "stop this onslaught" and prevent the would-be immigrants from entering the US.

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In his Twitter rant Thursday morning, Trump also implied that he could blow up the pending USMCA treaty - the so-called "historic transaction" with which he plans to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.

He tweeted on Tuesday: "The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to the not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately!"

Officials in Mexico said anyone in the Honduran caravan who had proper documents could enter the country.

Mexico's government said it had sought assistance from the United Nations refugee agency to deal with migrants claiming refugee status at Mexico's southern border, one day ahead of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Mexico City.

The country has deployed 500 federal officers to the border city of Tapachula, where migrants are expected to arrive next week.

Trump has made security on the southern border one of the signature issues of his two-year presidency, calling for a "wall" and frequently railing against what he describes as a flood of rapists, gangs and "bad hombres".

Trump has previously threatened to cut off millions of dollars in aid to Honduras, a plan he reiterated Thursday, saying he was "stopping all payments to these countries, which seem to have nearly no control over their population".

The statement warned that anyone who enters Mexico in an "irregular manner" faces detention and deportation.

If an individual manages to evade the new system and travels through Mexico to eventually cross the border into the U.S., Mexico will now allow those persons to be returned to Mexico, the official told Fox News.

The president's warning echoes an earlier tweet on Wednesday, in which he again blasted Democrats for refusing to approve tighter border control and immigration laws.

While Trump is threatening to eliminate aid, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been pushing efforts to improve US ties in Central America to reduce the flow of migrants.

"And we need to call it what it is", Gutierrez said.

Trump's comments come as he has been urging fellow Republicans to make immigration a central issue in the closing weeks of their midterm election campaigns and blaming Democrats for his inability to pass immigration legislation in the GOP-controlled Congress.

While Mr Trump has sent national guard troops to the border before, it is unclear what he means by shutting it down entirely, and whether that would affect businesses or people with legitimate visas.

Many immigrants said they joined the caravan after seeing it covered by Honduran news outlets last week.

Vaughan stressed that it is a good sign that Mexico is realizing that it has more to gain than lose by cooperating with the USA on border enforcement.



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