U.S. and Mexican authorities have reportedly struck a deal to stop the rapidly growing "migrant caravan" before it reaches the United States' southern border; likely averting a potential humanitarian and legal crisis as thousands of Central American refugees head north.
President Trump's watching his worst nightmare unfold - more than 1,500 immigrants marching from Honduras to the US, and he's vowing our troops will stop them. if Mexico can't get the job done. It was at that time that President Trump deployed National Guard troops along the border and threatened to rip up the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.
The news comes as families entering the United States illegally have reached a record high, prompting a demand from President Donald Trump that Central American countries and Mexico take steps to correct the situation immediately.
Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said that while National Guard troops were now supporting the Department of Homeland Security on the United States southern border, the Pentagon had not been tasked to provide additional support. His successor is Lopez Obrador, who has been cooperative in trade talks between the US and Mexico. "Morales said that his administration has captured 'close to 100 persons completely involved with terrorists, with ISIS and we have not only detained them within our territory, but they have been deported to their country of origin'".
Thousands of migrants traveling in a caravan briefly moved toward a border crossing on the Mexico-Guatemala frontier before turning around.
Trump's comments came as he has been urging fellow Republicans to make immigration a central issue in the closing weeks of their midterm election campaigns and blaming Democrats for his failure to pass immigration legislation in the GOP-controlled Congress.
The exhausted travelers are mostly from Honduras, but migrants from other Central American countries have joined the caravan.
However, as USA Today notes, it is "not entirely clear" what Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez can do to turn the migrants back now that they are on Guatemalan soil.
In other posts, Trump claimed that many in the caravan are criminals.
Two Central American migrants wait for the train siting on the railway tracks in the Guadalajara Metropolitan area, Mexico on August 10, 2018.
Late on Thursday night, a small number of the Honduran group who broke off from the main crowd were able to successfully cross over into Mexico. Early Thursday, he threatened to close the US border if Mexico let the migrants advance. "Anyone who wants to work in our country will have help, will have a work visa", he pledged.
He added, "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".
"The electoral process is very near, so he is making a political calculation", Ebrard said in an interview with Radio Centro.