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Trump threatens to 'close border' over caravan

18 October 2018

US President Donald Trump has threatened to deploy the military and close the southern US border if Mexico did not move to halt large groups of migrants headed for the United States from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

There are reasonable arguments for reforming American immigration law, so that asylum seekers are not incentivized to make long, unsafe treks up the North American continent to press their claims in the United States.

Numerous more than 2,000 Hondurans in a migrant caravan trying to wend its way to the United States are finding help from sympathetic Guatemalans even as local governments and U.S. President Donald Trump are trying to discourage them.

Trump also said that he "must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught - and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!".

In a string of tweets, Mr Trump also said the issue was more important to him than the new trade deal with Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement pact. The president has said repeatedly that he thinks immigration should be a top issue on the campaign trail, as Republicans are fighting hard for control of the House and Senate.

Dwindling in numbers along the way, the caravan totalled around 150 migrants by the time it reached Tijuana, at the U.S. border.

In response, President Trump has threatened to cut off aid to Honduras as well as other countries helping the flood of illegal immigrants.

Per NBC News, Mexico dispatched an additional 500 federal police to the border with Guatemala ahead of the migrants' arrival.

Writing on Twitter, the president first made a baseless claim that the immigrant caravan was part of a conspiracy by Democrats in coordination with several Central American governments.

The president announced plans in April to send thousands of National Guard troops to the border, where they could remain until his promised wall is constructed. "All Democrats fault for weak laws!"

The caravan, estimated to contain around 4,000 people, is inching Thursday toward the Mexico-Guatemala border, where Mexican officials have sent 500 additional federal police officers ahead of its arrival, NBC News reported, citing USA government documents.

Trump threatens to 'close border' over caravan