Trump Threatens Military Action If Mexico Doesn't Stop Migrant Caravan

Trump threatens a new crackdown on immigration as a record number of families are crossing the border

As POTUS tweeted, a caravan of about 4K Honduran migrants continues its trek toward the United States.

President Trump warned Thursday he will use the US military to close the southern border with Mexico if officials there don't stop a growing migrant caravan that's swelled in size to about 4,000 people.

The Honduran government has urged people not to join the caravan, but the government of Guatemala is powerless to stop its progress, as citizens of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua can freely move between the four countries showing only an ID card.

Trump said that the immigration debate would be a "great midterm issue for Republicans", with November's elections less than one month away.

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".

On Wednesday, an advance group of exhausted migrants reached Guatemala City where they took refuge in a church-sponsored shelter.

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Trump has portrayed the caravan of migrants, which includes many families traveling with children and fleeing poverty or gang violence, as a threat to the United States.

The specifics of Trump's latest plan to use military personnel in the immigration dispute are unclear.

"The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA", he wrote.

Dozens of Arizona National Guard members were among those deployed to the border.

On Wednesday, the president also threatened to cut USA aid to the Northern Triangle countries - Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador - saying "all payments made to them will STOP (END)!".

Mendoza - whose police officer son was killed in 2014 by a drunk-driving illegal immigrant with a criminal record - said people will continue finding ways to cross the "porous" U.S. -Mexico border until Trump's long-promised wall is in place. "All Democrats fault for weak laws!"

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