Trump threatens to close border to Mexico


President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to deploy the military and close the southern USA border if Mexico does not halt a caravan of Central America migrants heading north, raising the risk of huge disruptions to trade.

Mr. Pompeo said he and Mr. Videgaray spoke of the importance of stopping the caravan before it reaches the USA border. The rest retreated after officers unleashed pepper spray.

The gates were closed again, and police used a loudspeaker to address the masses, saying, "We need you to stop the aggression".

Military officials instructed troops to alert border agents if they encountered migrants, rather than intervene themselves except in cases of self defence.

The crowd was also heard chanting "Yes we can!" and "We're going to get in!" as they stormed the border.

Carrying backpacks and small children, many simply sat down on the bridge.

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The caravan has been growing steadily since it left the violent Honduran city of San Pedro Sula on Saturday.

He even threatened that the migrant issue could undermine the recently re-worked trade deal between the US, Mexico and Canada.

Mexico's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray meanwhile told reporters he had met with United Nations chief Antonio Guterres, who said the UNHCR would help the Mexican government to process asylum applications for those in the caravan.

Participants in a 3,000-strong migrant caravan heading toward the United States have gathered in a park to wait a few more hours for members of the group who are still arriving.

Orellana says "the economy in Honduras is awful, there is nothing there". At the same time, several busloads of Mexican federal police in riot gear deployed at the border crossing in Ciudad Hidalgo. When asked why he wants to jump, one 16-year-old said, "there are no jobs here". She said she had volunteered to make the journey on behalf of her family, and send money home from working in the US.

"We are about law and order and borders and jobs, and they are about allowing crime to enter our country with open borders". Those caught entering the country in what Mexican officials called an "irregular manner", however, will supposedly be detained and deported.

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In part, the response is meant to both dissuade the migrants from even attempting to enter Mexico and potentially to show the Trump administration that Mexico is willing to, as the government put it, "maintain order".

In a series of raging tweets, the United States president urged Mexico to "stop this onslaught" and prevent the would-be immigrants from entering the US.

They appeared to turn back after seeing the hundreds of Mexican federal police officers but soon had rushed the border and tore down a tall, yellow metal fence on the Guatemalan side of the border.

In April, Mexican immigration officials had some success in dispersing a smaller caravan by processing many who chose to seek refugee status in Mexico, but some did continue on to the USA border.

I said look we have lousy laws.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Mexico City on Friday to discuss the issue with his counterpart.

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