Trump blasts caravan, says he's cutting Central American aid

Trump Vows to 'Turn Away' 7,000-strong Migrant Caravan

President Donald Trump had harsh words for Honduras's government Monday morning, as word spread that a second "migrant caravan" departed from the central American nation, headed for the United States's southern border: if Honduras doesn't stem the "refugee" outflow, they may lose American aid.

He also claimed that "unknown Middle Easterners" were "mixed in" with the Central American migrants.

Two days later, Trump threatened to order the military to shut down the U.S. -Mexico border.

In six journeys, she rode the treacherous El Tren de la Muerte ("The Train of Death"), came into contact with drug cartels, and befriended numerous migrant families, many of whom never made it to the US.

The Republicans now have control of both chambers of Congress. She said she took the video in southern Mexico while covering news about the caravan for ABC News.

Civil defence officials for Mexico's southern state of Chiapas said they had offered to take the migrants by bus to a shelter set up by immigration officials about seven kilometres outside Tapachula, but the migrants refused, fearing that once they boarded the buses they would be deported.

These three countries combined got more than $400 million from the 2016, the most recent year for which complete data are available. He and his senior aides have long believed the issue - which was a centerpiece of his winning presidential campaign - is key to revving up his base and motivating GOP voters to turn out in November.

For many of those making the journey, the goal is to flee poverty and violence at home.

The United Nations has said more than 7,000 people were now heading toward the US.

"At least four journalists travelling with the caravan have said they've seen nobody from the Middle East or heard of anybody from the Middle East", wrote Dale.

In another tweet, he said the migrants would not be allowed into the United States.

Members bristled at suggestions there could be terrorists among them and said the caravan was being used for political ends by Mr Trump.

Later in the day, authorities in Guatemala said another group of about 1,000 migrants had entered that country from Honduras.

President Trump is threatening to slash financial aid the United States provides to three Central American nations over the migrant caravan on route to the US southern border. His country has also sent buses to the Mexico-Guatemala border to take those who may have changed their minds about heading to the USA or who are too exhausted to carry on, back to their homes. A similar exodus in April with 1,500 migrants reached the US border, and 250 migrants applied for asylum.

In 2016, the United States provided some $US131.2 million ($185.18 million) in aid to Guatemala, $98.3 million to Honduras, and $67.9 million to El Salvador, according to official U.S. data.

Nearby, Julio Asturias, 27, a migrant from San Juan, El Salvador, charged his cellphone from a dangling wire.



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