Second Caravan Forming in Guatemala

Arturo Kim
October 27, 2018

Conway said that the caravan was "a very serious issue" - adding that Trump, who admitted Tuesday that there was "no proof of anything" to support his claim about Middle East infiltrators, was privy to inside info that the press and the public were not aware of.

The president also reiterated his claim that Middle Easterners who could pose a danger to USA residents have infiltrated the group.

Trump has taken to attacking the caravan regularly - both on Twitter and on the campaign trail - firing up his conservative base with the anti-immigration rhetoric that helped get him elected in 2016. And Trump, at rallies and on Twitter, has tried to paint the Democrats as pro-illegal immigration, even claiming, with no evidence, that Democrats had organized and paid for the caravan, which remains more than 1,000 miles from the USA border.

Departing crime- and poverty-stricken Honduras two weeks ago, the caravan swelled in number as it approached the USA, with the United Nations estimating it to be 7,000 strong last week.

The caravan mostly consists of Hondurans who are fleeing their violent and poverty-stricken country.

And in a third post, the US President wrote: "Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S".

The now estimated 7,000 migrants have reached southern Mexico.

Migrants told CNN they can not and will not turn around.

Halted at the final gate by hundreds of riot police, most of the caravan entered Mexico by swimming or taking rafts across the river that forms the border.

Migrants in the main caravan - which set out on October 13 from San Pedro Sula, Honduras - have been traveling on foot or hitching rides on passing cars and trucks, often crowding onto them precariously.

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For the best idea of what the U.S. government would do, consider what happened when a caravan of about 1,500 Central American migrants reached the U.S. -Mexico border in April 2018.

"I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught - and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!"

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to sign an order as early as Thursday deploying the troops to support the Border Patrol on the U.S. -Mexico border, a U.S. official said.

Honduran migrants walking and aboard trucks head in a caravan to the USA, in Huixtla on their way to Mapastepec Chiapas state, Mexico, on October 24, 2018.

A senior administration official called the surge a "crisis".

It is unclear at this time what the additional troops would do at the border, although Trump on Monday tweeted about closing the border.

The official, who asked not to be identified, said US authorities were looking for any signs that militants had attempted to infiltrate the group but had found nothing so far.

Well, some of them already have - and they're staying in Mexico while the wait to see if asylum will be granted.

"If you go to a hospital in Honduras, you will not find medication".

"A lot of the migrants are expecting to apply for asylum and for asylum to be granted", Sarah Pierce, a policy analyst for the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., told CBS News "In reality, we have an immigration regime on the southern border that is enforcement-first".

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