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Trump faces down caravan

Trump faces down caravan

Trump has unleashed a flurry of furious tweets, after seeing news reports of a caravan of more than 1,000 Central American migrants crossing into Mexico and continuing toward the United States.

The agents made a decision to issue most of the travelers "exit visas", which the Mexican government has previously granted Central American caravans and other travelers seeking to reach the U.S.

The caravan of Central American migrants that has prompted scathing tweets from President Donald Trump is expected to end its journey at the Mexican capital rather than pushing north to the US border, organizers said Wednesday. One volunteer said about 150 people had arrived in Mexico City late Friday, the Washington Post stated.

Despite knowing the permit protected him, and that travelling alone would be faster, he feared if he left the caravan he would be exposed to the robbery and assault that befall many migrants on the long slog to the USA border.

"It is a far more prosperous, wealthy area than the rest of Mexico", he said.

From October to March, the total number of people caught trying to cross the Southwest border - 173,599 - is down 13% compared with the same time period the previous year.

Today's good news is that President Trump has faced down the caravan.

Trump has repeatedly mischaracterized the so-called "caravan" of migrants making their way across Mexico in recent days as a fleet of foreigners intent on invading the U.S. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray Caso wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that the caravan had "gradually dispersed, " but that a large contingent remains together seeking to reach Puebla for an immigration law workshop, and then get to Mexico's capital.

In fact, this year's procession is called the "Stations of the Cross Refugee Caravan" to emphasize the humanitarian crises Central Americans are facing.

A Doctors Without Borders report a year ago found that 70% of those entering Mexico reported experiencing violence during their trek and that almost one-third of women said they were sexually abused.

Guerrero has suffered more violence than any other state leading up to the July 1 general elections, when Mexican citizens will vote not only for the president and members of congress, but also to fill more than 18,000 local and federal government positions.

Jorge de Santiago, a maquiladora worker whose house sits right on the border, said of the deployment: "It looks bad, but it doesn't do much". Mujica said that "a minimum of 80 percent" of the migrants in the group come from Honduras.

"If you have a baby on our land, congratulations, that baby is a United States citizen", Trump lamented.

"In many places the same person in California votes many times".

"I couldn't wait for them to kill me, " Colindres Ortega said. These are the types of investments - not a further militarized border - that will lead to more sustainable solutions for the U.S., migrants, and their home countries.


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