USA to begin cutting aid to Central America over migrant caravan

Blanche Robertson
October 22, 2018

President Donald Trump said on Monday that he'll begin "cutting off, or substantially reducing" aid to three Central American nations over migration to the United States.

He asserted without evidence in his flurry of tweets that "unknown Middle Easterners" were among those in the caravan.

On Sunday, Trump said on Twitter that "full efforts are being made to stop the onslaught of illegal aliens", arguing that the migrants must apply for asylum in Mexico before attempting to petition USA authorities.

"Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally", Trump said.

Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador suggested Sunday that the U.S., Canada and Mexico work out a joint plan for funding development in the poor areas of Central America and southern Mexico.

He and his fellow Republicans have sought to elevate the caravan as a campaign issue before the midterm elections that will determine whether the party can maintain its hold of the US Senate and House of Representatives.

Mexican police in riot gear shadowed the caravan's arrival along a southern highway but did not stop the migrants.

The migrants, many of whom are trudging north on worn shoes or bare feet, with some fainting from dehydration along the way say they are fleeing violence and murderous gangs in their homelands.

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Most Central American immigrants that try to enter the USA undocumented travel along the same unsafe route, known as El Tren de la Muerte ("The Train of Death").

On Saturday Mexican authorities attempted to resolve the challenge posed by the caravan waiting to enter Mexico's southern border by legal means.

The large group have been gathering numbers as they travel across Central America.

On Friday, President Enrique Nieto said in a message on national television that Mexico does not permit nor will it permit irregular entry "much less for those who attempt to do so violently, but he did offer help for those who wish to enter "respecting the laws".

Members of a migrant caravan walk into the interior of Mexico after crossing the Guatemalan border on October 21 near Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico.

The throng of Central American migrants marching toward the United States border has swollen to more than 5,000, despite Mexican efforts to stop them.

With the migrants now well into Mexico, Trump blasted the governments of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala for allowing the caravan to get this far in the first place.

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