Mexico deployed hundreds of riot police on Thursday (Oct 18) to its border with Guatemala as a caravan of Central American migrants prepared to cross on their way to the United States, defying President Donald Trump's threats.
"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 said.
Honduran migrants bound to the U.S border climbed into the bed of a truck in Zacapa, Guatemala, Wednesday.
Under the deal, which was developed over the course of several months, Mexico will request that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) establish shelters along its southern border with Central America, the official said. And former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama both deployed National Guard troops to the border during their administrations to bolster security.
Images of the migrants have prompted questions about whether the United States and Mexico will be able to strike a deal before the migrants reach the US' southern border.
Trump, who ran in 2016 promising to tighten USA immigration laws and stanch the inflow of undocumented migrants, has called for cutting off foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador if they don't stop the migrants.
The use of military to help secure the USA border is not unprecedented.
"But we have also made very clear that there's no legal ground on which Mexico can issue a permit by which people can just go through Mexico towards the United States", he concluded.
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In September, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended more than 41,400 illegal immigrants, up from 37,544 in August, according to numbers not yet released publicly but obtained by NBC News.
In Guatemala City, where migrant shelters filled with people, waves of people departed at daybreak on roads leading to Mexico.
There are reasonable arguments for reforming American immigration law, so that asylum seekers are not incentivized to make long, unsafe treks up the North American continent to press their claims in the United States.
Ebrard, Mexico's incoming foreign minister told local radio that he was not surprised by Trump's comments.
As POTUS tweeted, a caravan of about 4K Honduran migrants continues its trek toward the United States.
Arpaio applauded Trump's warning of possible financial penalties for Central American nations if the threats to the US border are not addressed. For example, Nathan J. Robinson the editor of Current Affairs recently accused the US of, "treat [ing] global law as a meaningless set of guidelines that can be violated at will".
Trump has threatened to cut aid to Honduras and Guatemala if their governments do not stop the caravan.
"Any person wishing to enter national territory must do so by complying with the requirements established in the Migration Law and at the authorized entry points, and may then move freely in Mexico until the expiration of the visa", the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.