Trump claims migrant caravan contains 'unknown Middle Easterners'

TOPSHOT- A Honduran migrant boy taking part in a caravan heading to the US cries as he waits on the Guatemala Mexico border bridge in Ciudad Tecun Uman Guatemala

TOPSHOT- A Honduran migrant boy taking part in a caravan heading to the US cries as he waits on the Guatemala Mexico border bridge in Ciudad Tecun Uman Guatemala

Earlier Monday, Trump tweeted that Mexican Federales appear to be "unable" to stop the caravan from marching north, and that "unknown Middle Easterners" and criminals are mixed in. "Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally", Trump wrote.

Trump travels to Texas, a key border state, later on Monday to campaign for Republican US senator Ted Cruz.

Those restrictions were too onerous for many migrants, for whom Mexico is a hurdle to be surmounted as they reach for their real goal of taking jobs in the USA or reuniting with family already in the country - usually illegally.

They defied threats by Mr Trump to close the US-Mexico border if they went any further.

REUTERS/Edgard Garrido A Central American migrant making their way to the U.S.in a large caravan carries his son after arriving in Tapachula, Mexico, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018.

Trump has repeatedly threatened to cancel a pending trade agreement with Mexico and send USA military troops to the border unless the caravan turns around.

WASHINGTON-President Trump on Monday said the US would cut off or "substantially reduce" foreign aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, as a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants-many of whom crossed the Mexican border illegally-continued its journey toward the U.S. The president has threatened to seal off the U.S. -Mexico border entirely, if necessary.

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Around 3,000 migrants reached the city of Tapachula in the Mexican state of Chiapas on Sunday after a seven hour trek from the Guatemalan border.

She says the caravan, which is larger than many of its annual predecessors, has grown because of how word spread on social media and because of worsening conditions in Honduras, where the murder rate is among the highest in the world and where the government has cracked down on political protesters following last year's disputed presidential election. And this time, they're all in cahoots with one another! Anyone who makes it to the USA will be immediately deportable.

Mexican immigration authorities said they had allowed some 1,028 migrants through the official border crossing in Ciudad Hidalgo near the bridge spanning the Suchiate River over the past three days.

In interviews along the journey, migrants have said they are fleeing widespread violence, poverty and corruption.

Thousands of Honduran migrants hoping to reach the USA have stretched out on rain-soaked sidewalks, benches and public plazas in the southern Mexico city of Tapachula, worn down by another day's march under a blazing sun.

"We're urging people against migrating in an unlawful way and putting your children in extremely risky conditions", Garcia de Hernandez said in a statement.

The Trump administration says that they support the Mexican government in their efforts to address this migration crisis.

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