Trump threatens to send army to US-Mexico border in migrant row

Trump threatens to send army to US-Mexico border in migrant row

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!"

Donald Trump is threatening to deploy the U.S. military and close the southern border with Mexico if a convoy of migrants from Central America is allowed to keep moving northwards.

Writing on Twitter, the president first made a baseless claim that the immigrant caravan was part of a conspiracy by Democrats in coordination with several Central American governments.

"I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught - and if unable to do so I will call up the US Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!"

On "Fox & Friends" Thursday, "Angel Mom" Mary Ann Mendoza said she "absolutely, 100-percent" supports Trump's idea of closing the border.

The president announced plans in April to send thousands of National Guard troops to the border, where they could remain until his promised wall is constructed.

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On Wednesday, an advance group of exhausted migrants reached Guatemala City where they took refuge in a church-sponsored shelter.

Trump did not detail his military threat.

It's unclear how he intends to close the entire US-Mexico border and he already earlier this year called up some military units to do border security.

No evidence has emerged of criminal affiliations among the migrants.

In another, he suggested that the "onslaught" of immigrants could threaten a recently announced reworked trade deal with Mexico and Canada, writing that immigration is "far more important to me, as President, than Trade". "All Democrats fault for weak laws!" 20,000 of these migrants die or disappear along the way, many of them at the hands of criminal gangs, according to a report by the Mesoamerican Migration Movement.

Trump also suggested that the migrants hoping to enter the USA are linked to crime and drugs that he said are "pouring in", and he called on Mexico to stop the "onslaught".

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