Second Migrant Caravan Forms as Trump Threatens Money & Aid

Second Migrant Caravan Forms as Trump Threatens Money & Aid

President Trump threatened to withdraw aid to the Honduras if migrants bound for the US are not “stopped and brought back.” Is this a little too harsh?

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A caravan of migrants from Honduras is traveling north toward Mexico and the United States in hope for a better life. Many of the Central American refugees said they were fleeing violence and poverty in Honduras, for a chance at a better life in Mexico or the United States, according to ABC News.

President Trump responded to the situation in a tweet by stating that his administration “strongly informed” the Honduran President, Juan Orlando Hernandez to stop the caravan, or else the U.S. will no longer provide aid of money to Honduras.

Trump tweeted: “The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to the U.S. is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately!”

In 2016, The United States sent more than $152 million to Honduras, which will disappear if Hernandez does nothing to stop the caravan, which is one of many to have reportedly been organized since about 2008, accord to the Huffington Post.

One 21-year-old woman told the Associated Press that they “are not criminals – we are migrants,” as she explained that she feared for her life back home. The woman is one of many to have reached Guatemala. The Guatemalan police placed a roadblock and stopped the migrants for several hours, before letting them pass, after they refused to turn back.

Various estimates have put the initial group at 1,600 to around 2,000 people, according to ABC. The group began in Northern Honduras and set foot across the southern Guatemalan border. In a later tweet, Trump expanded his threat to include Guatemala and El Salvador.

Trump had previously threatened Honduras with slashing foreign aid back in April, after another caravan carrying about 1,200 attempted a similar journey from the Guatemalan border. About 150 made it all the way to the U.S border, which Trump repeatedly threatened to deport.  Shortly after, the Trump administration announced in May that it would stop granting protections by January 2020 to the 57,000 Hondurans currently living in the U.S. legally.

Guatemala and Honduras took measures to stop the migrant caravan, by detaining the organizer from Honduras in Guatemala. The Honduran Foreign Ministry has called on its citizens to not join the group and “urges the Hondurans taking part in this irregular mobilization not to be used by a movement that is clearly political,” it said.

In Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, adult citizens just need to present national identity cards to cross each other’s borders, which could be why migrants have made it this far. That rule does not apply when they reach Mexico, which leaves many wondering what will happen.

As the massive migrant caravan pushed toward the U.S. border, a second caravan of about 1,000 people is rushing to join the main group, according to Fox News. In an updated statement on Tuesday, Mexico’s government said they have received 1,699 requests for refugee status, including children and estimated there are around 4,500 people in the group, Reuters reported. To gain asylum, the migrants must stay where they have registered, while applications are processed, which can take weeks. If they violate those rules, they can be deported.

Some migrants from other countries like Guatemala, have taken the opportunity to join in, adding to the growing number of migrants traveling. Sadly, the advance of the caravan has taken the lives of two, according to the Honduran authorities. One of the men fell off a truck in Mexico, while the other died trying to get onto the truck in Guatemala, authorities reported.

The first caravan, which is now reported to be in Mexico, is still far from the United States border. No exact number yet on how many are still traveling. Read the full story on the Huffington Post here.

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President Trump threatened to withdraw aid to the Honduras if migrants bound for the US are not “stopped and brought back.” Is this a little too harsh?

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