President Donald Trump challenged a television reporter on Monday to go with his White House camera crew to southern Mexico, promising they would find gangsters from the Middle East drug cartel and Middle East embedded in a massive column of migrants who try to cross in the united states
& # 39; I have reports that there are many of everyone in that group. "It's kind of horrible," Trump told reporters in the south garden of the White House when he was leaving for a campaign rally in Texas.
He insisted during an exchange that a mid-morning tweet about & # 39;[c]the criminals and the strangers of the Middle East would be proven true, that really are there, if the reporters only search in the right places.
& # 39; Do you know what you should do? & # 39; Trump asked Enter the middle of the caravan. Take your cameras and search, okay?
"Go to the middle and look," the president said. & # 39; You will find MS-13. You will find middle east[ers]. You will find everything. And guess what? We are not allowing them in our country. We want security. We want security.
Democrats and Republicans have fought for days on how to describe the last sea of humanity known as a "caravan" of migration.
I challenge you: President Donald Trump challenged a television reporter on Monday to take his camera crew to the migrant caravan in southern Mexico and stated that they could find gangsters of drug traffickers and Middle East mixed with asylum seekers from America Central.
Caravan: Up to 7,000 people now travel in the caravan that was seen from the air in Tapachula, southern Mexico, even 1,600 miles from the US border. UU
Any way to reach the north: these Hondurans travel in part for the trip through Guatemala and Mexico and hope to cross into the US. UU., But President Trump says he alerted the military and border control agencies of the United States.
On the way: the migrant caravan was in Metapa, in the state of Chiapas, southern Mexico, on Monday, at the same time that Trump was tweeting that it was a "national emergency" in the US. UU
On the move: Honduran migrants used a truck to get further to Mexico in Tapachula on Monday
Pressure: the city of Tapachula has seen the Miguel Hidalgo Park become the zero point for the members of the caravan of migrants who sleep at full speed
Despite being stopped by Mexican border guards, many Hondurans swam across a river or were helped cross the border by Mexicans using trucks and trucks (pictured, migrants in Mexico crossed the border)
For the political left, they are asylum seekers fleeing poverty and civil wars fueled by drug trafficking. On the right, they are seen as opportunists, urged by Trump's political adversaries to be as visible as possible in the days leading up to an election in Congress and pushing Democrats to the polls.
Trump has largely blamed the governments of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and warned that he will turn off the foreign aid key as punishment for threatening the border security of the United States.
& # 39; Every year we give them foreign help, and they did not do anything for us. … Hundreds of millions of dollars. "They, like many others, do nothing for our country," he said furiously on Monday.
Observers on the ground have said that the exodus of migrants is largely controlled by drug cartels and human traffickers, not by government agencies.
The president claimed that the caravan had grown to "much larger than 5,000 people," citing the most common figure in news reports, "and we have to stop them at the border."
Earlier, he complained on Twitter that Mexico has not been able to stop the migrants who have captured the humanitarian interest while they have stung their outrage.
"Unfortunately, it seems that the Mexican police and military can not stop the Caravan in the direction of the southern border of the United States." Unknown criminals and the Middle East are mixed in. I have alerted the Border Patrol and the Army in question. of a National Emergency.[enc]and they must change the laws! he tweeted.
The president also returned to his political messages only 15 days before the mid-term parliamentary elections, and said that voters who fear the impact of a massive influx of illegal immigrants should elect more Republicans.
& # 39; Every time you see a Caravan, or people who come illegally, or try to enter our country illegally, they think and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic immigration laws! Remember the partial exams! So unfair to those who enter legally, "he said.
The Department of National Security warns that the cartels of Mexico will try to "take advantage of the vulnerabilities" of the migrants in the caravan, which now has 7,000 troops.
On the way: the members of the caravan climb to the back of the truck while trying to make their way north from Tapachula.
Assistance: These caravan members had huddled in the back of a truck to reach the city of Tapachula, after crossing the border from Guatemala to Mexico.
The president said Monday that he warned the US military about a national emergency.
He reminded the governments of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador on Monday that the money from the aid they receive from Washington could be exhausted.
Refresh: Central American migrants use a fire hydrant in the main plaza of Tapachala, the city across the border from Mexico, where up to 7,000 gather
Crossing Mexico: migrants are using rafts to cross the Suchiate River, the barrier between Mexico and Guatemala, to avoid military patrols and borers
Impact: in Tapachula, public authorities face a large number of people sleeping outside, especially in Miguel Hidalgo Park
Emergency measure: Red Cross tents have been placed on the sand used for the annual Mesoamerican International Fair in Tapachula.
Sleeping rough: one of the Honduran migrants who has arrived at the border in Tecan Uman, Guatemala, sleeps while waiting for his claim to be processed
On the road: local trucks have been moving people who started in Honduras and are now in Mexico on their way to Tapachula
Ready for arrivals: these tents have been erected in the former headquarters of the Mesoamerican International Fair in Tapachula, even allowing more people to cross the border
The caravan began its march in Honduras before crossing Guatemala and entering Mexico City. The immigrants, who are said to number up to 7,000, rested in a city called Tapachula, about 20 miles from Hidalgo, on Sunday night, and now continue north to the United States.
The Department of Homeland Security is committed to ending the Mexican cartels that try to help a caravan of thousands of desperate migrants to cross from Mexico to the United States (in the photo, part of the caravan in Mexico)
Around 3,000 people have crossed from Guatemala to Mexico since they arrived on Friday, less than 5,000 after many surrendered and returned to their homes (pictured, immigrants in Mexico)
The caravan continued its march through Mexico on Monday despite President Trump's threats to arrest anyone who has not sought legal asylum on the US border. UU
Dozens of migrants rest in the main square of Tapachula, Mexico, on Sunday, who walked from Ciudad Hidalgo, about 20 miles from the border with Guatemala.
The migrants wave a Honduran flag after crossing the border between Guatemala and Mexico, where they have promised to continue in the United States.
A young Honduran woman eats in the main square of Tapachula, Mexico, after successfully crossing the border of Guatemala
DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen warned that criminals and smugglers of persons will be prosecuted and prosecuted to the fullest extent possible by law & # 39 ;.
Nielsen spoke as thousands marched through Mexico to the United States on Sunday after evading fences and guards along the Guatemalan border.
Up to 7,000 people now travel in the caravan, according to the Los Angeles Times; Associated Press reported 5,000 and AFP counted only 3,000.
It is believed that several thousand returned to their homes, some on buses provided by the Guatemalan government, after being blocked on the border with Mexico.
But a new group of 1,000 Hondurans has begun the journey, promising to follow in the footsteps of the first.
Mexican authorities say that 640 people stopped at their border before applying for legal shelter, including 164 women, more than 104 children and adolescents, and many elderly and disabled people.
Of those who managed to cross the border, most ended up in a town called Tapachula, about 20 miles from the border in Ciudad Hidalgo, where they rested on Sunday night before continuing their march.
President Trump has taken an unusually harsh line against the Central American countries in an attempt to force them to take back their own people instead of allowing them to march north through Mexico.
Now they face a tormented 1,600-mile slog across Mexico before reaching the United States border, where President Trump has pledged to reject them.
He turned off a tweet on Sunday afternoon and said: "Every effort is being made to prevent the attack of illegal aliens from crossing our southern border."
& # 39; People should apply for asylum in Mexico first, and if they do not, the US will. UU They will reject them. The courts are asking the United States to do things that are not feasible!
Mexican border guards initially received Trump's praise for their hard-line approach after preventing thousands of people from crossing the country using riot shields and tear gas.
But many later they crossed the river on improvised rafts, or were helped to cross by sympathetic Mexicans who loaded them in trucks, vans, and cargo trucks before crossing.
Speaking on Sunday about the group that had crossed into Mexico, Nielsen said: "While we closely monitor the caravan crisis, we must be alert to transnational criminal organizations and other criminals who take advantage of the vulnerabilities of those who undertake the irregular migratory trip.
A van owned by a Mexican driver helps migrants cross the border from Guatemala, followed closely by another driver who does the same (left)
Having traveled to Mexico from Honduras, almost 350 miles away, migrants now face a 1,600-mile trek through Mexico to reach the United States border.
Paramedics check the blood pressure of a migrant in Tapachula, after crossing the border.
Mexican doctors treat a Honduran boy in Tapachula after his family crossed over from Guatemala over the weekend.
Migrants on the Guatemalan side of the border wait to cross into Mexico after being stopped by guards
Guatemalan officials fumigate the main bridge between their country and Mexico, which has been crowded by thousands of migrants in recent days.
& # 39; We will work with our partners in the region to investigate and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law all those who seek to encourage and benefit from irregular migration.
"We fully support the efforts of Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, as they seek to address this critical situation and ensure a safer and more secure region."
Aaron Juarez, 21, a migrant who was walking through Mexico with his wife and baby while limping due to an injury, promised that "nobody is going to stop that". let's go to the USA UU & # 39;[Not] after everything we have gone through.
Honduran farmer Edwin Geovanni Enamorado said he was forced to leave his country due to intimidation by criminal gangs. "We are tired, but very happy, we are united and strong," he said.
Britany Hernandez added: "We have sunburn. We have blisters. But we have come this far. Our strength is greater than Trump's threats.
The president-elect of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, called for fair treatment of migrants.
"We do not want them to confront what Mexicans face when they need to look for work in the United States," he said on Twitter.
Mexican officials question a migrant who hopes to cross the border of Guatemala. Mexico says that around 640 people have applied for legal asylum in their country
Central American migrants, part of a caravan trying to reach the US UU., They line up while waiting for the door to open on the bridge between Mexico and Guatemala.
The caravan left San Pedro Sula in northern Honduras more than a week ago, after a call to social networks broadcast by a former Honduran deputy.
The politician Bartolo Fuentes, member of the Freedom Party and the Refoundation of former leftist president Manuel Zelaya, told AFP that he was only reproducing a poster on his Facebook page.
The poster invited people to a & # 39; Migratory March & # 39; with a slogan: "We're not leaving because we want to, but because we're being driven out by violence and poverty."
Morales and his Honduran counterpart, Juan Orlando Hernández, said after meeting that the march "violated the borders and the good faith of the states."
The Honduran president acknowledged that social problems were a contributing factor.
"Without a doubt, we have a lot to do so that our people can have opportunities in their communities," he said.
The migrants denied that their motives were political.
"We decided to join those who were going," said Edgar Aguilar. This is not political. This comes from hunger, from drought, it is for prosperity, for a better life. This is not political!
Migrants generally flee poverty and insecurity in Honduras, where powerful street gangs rule their territory with brutal violence.
According to a study by a Honduran university, with a homicide rate of 43 per 100,000 inhabitants, Honduras is one of the most violent countries in the world.