Band of Central America Migrants stopped in Mexico as Trump threatens NAFTA repercussions
The caravan of Central America migrants was stopped in Southern Mexico today with no hope of reaching the border. This as President Trump threatened Mexico with repercussions on NAFTA if they did not stop the Honduran immigrants.
“The big Caravan of People from Honduras, now coming across Mexico and heading to our “Weak Laws” Border, had better be stopped before it gets there,” Trump wrote. “Cash cow NAFTA is in play, as is foreign aid to Honduras and the countries that allow this to happen.”
The caravan that once numbered 1,150 or more people actually halted days ago in the town of Matias Romero in the southern state of Oaxaca.
On Tuesday, the group — mostly Hondurans — that had been walking along roadsides and train tracks prepared meager breakfasts with donated food.
They were getting advice from Mexican immigration officials on filing for temporary transit or humanitarian visas in Mexico.
A couple hundred men did break off from the march Sunday, hopping a freight train north, probably with hopes of trying to enter the U.S. But the rest seemed unlikely to move again until Wednesday or Thursday, and they probably would take buses to the last scheduled stop for the caravan, a migrant rights symposium in the central state of Puebla.
Irineo Mujica, director of Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the activist group behind the annual symbolic event designed to draw attention to the plight of migrants, said the caravan would continue only to Puebla southeast of Mexico City, “but not in a massive way.”
After the symposium, some migrants might go to Mexico’s capital, where it is easier to make an asylum claim. Mujica said about 300 to 400 say they have relatives living in Mexico and so may consider staying here at least temporarily.
There were reports Mexican officials were seeking to end the caravan, but it was for all intents and purposes over anyway. The participants were never equipped to march en masse to the U.S. border or anywhere near it.
The caravan had angered President Trump as initially it appeared Mexico wasn’t doing much to stop them. The President tweeted.
“Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Border, and then into the U.S. They laugh at our dumb immigration laws. They must stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA. NEED WALL!” Trump wrote in one. “With all of the money they make from the U.S., hopefully they will stop people from coming through their country and into ours.”
Mexico’s interior secretary, Alfonso Navarrete Prida, rejected such pressure.
“We will act with complete sovereignty in enforcing our laws,” he said Monday. “Of course we will act … to enforce our immigration laws, with no pressure whatsoever from any country whatsoever.”
President Trump is right about Mexico and Central America laughing at our dump immigration laws. He is also right about the need for a wall. The wall must be built now. There is enough Government waste in the Omnibus spending bill we can surely divert enough money to complete the wall quickly. Our sovereignty depends on it.