Trump threatens to close southern United States border over caravan of migrants

Trump threatens to send army to US-Mexico border in migrant row

Trump appears to threaten USMCA deal when lashing out at migrant caravan

The caravan of thousands of Honduran migrants marching towards the U.S. dramatically turned around as they reached the Mexican border in Guatemala on Friday morning, a day after hundreds of their comrades faced off with police.

On Friday, Pompeo will meet officials including outgoing President Enrique Pena Nieto, foreign minister Luis Videgaray and Marcelo Ebrard, the designated foreign minister of Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

A military helicopter could be seen hovering above the northern bank of the river, and earlier the Mexican government dispatched two planeloads of federal police officers to the zone, including riot teams.

It remains unclear how many migrants were able to successfully enter Mexico by force.

Trump also suggested that the migrants hoping to enter the USA are linked to crime and drugs that he said are "pouring in", and he called on Mexico to stop the "onslaught".

Mexico says people arriving at the border will be able to apply for refugee status, and has asked for help from the United Nations refugee agency.

When confronted by reporters en route to the border, many migrants have said they are hoping to reach the U.S.to find work.

Trump ran for president in 2016 on promises to toughen USA immigration policies and build a wall along the US border with Mexico. Vox declared that "Trump's "caravan" tantrum could put migrants in danger".

Edgar Corzo of Mexico's National Human Rights Commission expressed concern about the police deployment in Ciudad Hidalgo.

Several thousand Honduran migrants moved this week through Guatemala, and some were trying to cross to Mexico on Thursday, according to local media.

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Earlier on Friday, Videgaray said the caravan had close to 4,000 people and that the migrants could individually present their claims to enter Mexico or seek refugee status.

"The electoral process is very near, so he is making a political calculation", Ebrard said in an interview with Radio Centro.

But at the bridge migrants, who have formed orderly lines, are refusing to board the buses fearing that they will simply be deported.

"If that's the case, I don't think Mexico should be too anxious because in a sense ... it's the same kind of thing USA administrations have been doing for a long time", Leutert said.

The Honduran migrant caravan is seen as a effect of poverty and insecurity in the Central American country, wracked by gang and drug-related violence.

Current Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray was also sanguine and viewed things through the lens of USA politics.

"A lot of money has been passing to people to come up to try and get to the border by Election Day", he said, without providing evidence.

"Whoever wants to work in our country is going to have support, is going to have a work visa", he said.

"Only God on high can stop us", Escobar told the AP.

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