President Trump has threatened to send troops to close the USA border with Mexico if the country fails to stop the "onslaught" of migrants from Central America, as White House tensions erupted in a heated exchange between two of his closest aides.
By Thursday the convoy, which set out from the violent Honduras city of San Pedro Sula on Saturday and is now believed to be around 3,000 people strong, was moving up towards the Guatemala-Mexico border city of Tapachula.
Mexico dispatched additional police to its southern border, after the Casa del Migrante migrant shelter in Tecun Uman on the Guatemalan side of the border reported that hundreds of Hondurans had already arrived there. He said Wednesday that his administration would offer work visas to Central Americans.
Trump also threatened to upend a pending trade deal with Mexico that took more than a year to negotiate and is created to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Typically, when a person manages to sneak into the United States through Mexico - regardless of whether they were from Mexico or some point farther south - they're detained and housed in the United States until their case is decided.
"Ebrard, Mexico's incoming foreign minister told local radio that he was not surprised by Trump's comments".
He tweeted on Tuesday: "The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to the U.S.is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately!"
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In Mexico, authorities say that any immigrant who crosses the border illegally will be deported.
The group has been dubbed the "march of the migrants".
This past spring, when another caravan of Central American migrants crossed intoMexico, such policies allowed the group to make it to the US border.
Despite their sharp differences, the U.S. and Mexico have made progress on several issues, including the signing of an updated transcontinental trade pact, the U.S. -Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
Adding to pressure on Mexico, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Mexico City to discuss bilateral issues Friday with his Mexican counterparts. That angered Trump, who sent National Guard troops to the U.S. -Mexico border, saying the caravan posed a threat to U.S. sovereignty.
"And we need to call it what it is", Gutierrez said.
These Honduran workers and impoverished peasants are fleeing a country ravished by imperialist exploitation and US-backed death squads and thrown into disarray by the 2009 coup that overthrew the country's elected president Manuel Zelaya-an worldwide crime overseen by Democratic Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The group say they will return to try to cross the heavily armed border and continue on their path to America in an hour, according to The Associated Press. It is not a solicitation to make any exchange in commodities, securities or other financial instruments.