Migrant caravan drops plan to travel to US-Mexico border

Hannah Rogers
April 6, 2018

Mexico's foreign ministry said the U.S. National Guard troops at the border won't be armed.

Similar statements were made in the Senate, whose plenary unanimously approved a declaration that also demands that the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto end the relations of cooperation with Washington in migration matters.

Trump announced on Wednesday that he was sending National Guard troops to the southern border.

Rojas described Trump's decision as disrespectful, insulting, based on prejudices and misinformation with frequent use of threats and tricks, jeopardizing all the efforts done jointly by both nations.

Nielsen reportedly compared this deployment to operations ordered by President George W. Bush in 2006 and President Obama in 2010.

In both operations, about 30,000 members of the National Guard were deployed along the border with similar aims.

The Mexican Senate has "categorically" rejected the US initiative to militarise the US-Mexico border to thwart undocumented migrants.

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The caravan has captured the attention of Trump and his administration this week, serving as a symbol to further attempt to alter the foreign aid, trade and immigration policies the President has long wanted to tackle.

In separate messages, the candidates Ricardo Anaya, Jose Antonio Meade and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called for national unity and condemned the deployment of US troops along the border. "We will only act in the best interest of Mexicans", the Mexican leader said. The Mexican government began handing out transit or humanitarian visas to the migrants in the caravan, and said the procession of 1,000 or so that drew criticism from President Donald Trump had begun to disperse.

The caravan, estimated to contain more than 1,000 migrants, is part of an annual caravan that is meant to raise awareness of the struggles that immigrants making the journey from Mexico to the U.S. face.

"We will reach Puebla in different buses".

Men take bucket showers in the early morning at a sports center, where Central American migrants traveling with the annual "Stations of the Cross" caravan have been camped out, in Matias Romero, Oaxaca State, Mexico, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Many have been given temporary transit visas which they intend to use to request asylum in the United States.

In addition, the Foreign Ministry assured that the Mexican government was carrying out "an administrative immigration procedure" in which "400 (people) have already been repatriated to their countries of origin, with strict adherence to the legal framework and full respect for their human rights".

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