A US -bound caravan of thousands of mostly Honduran migrants whom President Donald Trump has declared unwelcome, crowded into the Mexican border city of Tapachula on Sunday, setting up impromptu camps in public spaces under a heavy rain. "If he doesn't repent, he's going to hell".
Trump tweeted that the United States will now begin cutting U.S. aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador for failing to halt the migrant caravan currently on its way to the US. "It's a lot more than 5,000 people", Trump said at a press availability at the White House.
Caravan leaders have not defined the precise route or decided where on the USA border they want to arrive, but in recent years most Central American migrants travelling on their own have opted for the most direct route, which takes them to Reynosa, across from McAllen.
He also added that his government would begin cutting aid to the migrants' home countries in retaliation.
In interviews along the journey, migrants have said they are fleeing widespread violence, poverty and corruption in Honduras.
"They have a lot of everybody in that group".
He has threatened to stop giving aid to countries like Honduras and Guatemala, where numerous migrants have come from.
President Trump lashed out Monday afternoon at Central American countries he said "did nothing" to stop the migrant caravan heading north toward the USA, saying it was a betrayal of the money the US has sent them.
After taking office, Trump imposed a travel ban on people from several Muslim-majority nations, saying it was necessary to stop terrorists from entering the country.
The migrant caravan that trekked through the Northern Triangle and reached Mexico this weekend has swelled to an estimated 7,000 people, and is largely heading to the United States. "Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in", the president wrote. "We shall work with our partners in the region to investigate and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law all who seek to encourage and profit from irregular migration".
But thanks to court rulings and generous USA laws, it's easy to make an unworthy claim, and migrants making those claims are usually released into the interior of the US, where they disappear into the shadows with an estimated 11 million other illegal immigrants.
Mexican immigration officials approached caravan migrants earlier to propose an orderly entry plan and set out to solve related problems.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen warned Sunday that the illegal immigrant caravan could be exploited by the cartels that control most of the illegal flow of people through Latin America.
He was speaking specifically of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, the three countries that account for most of the children and families flowing north in recent years.