Trump threatens to close US-Mexico border over Honduran migrant caravan

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In morning tweets, Trump repeated vows to halt USA aid to Central American countries that do not disband the caravan and issued a fresh threat to the Mexican government, which said Wednesday that it would treat those in the caravan no differently than it does other migrants.

The president took to Twitter Thursday, saying if Mexico fails to intervene then the USA military will close the border completely. "We have the right to protect the citizens of this country".

In a series of tweets Thursday morning, Trump accused the governments of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador of allowing a large "caravan" of migrants to proceed towards the USA unchecked, and hit out at the Democratic party for opposing his own brand of tough border control.

Trump has made security on the southern border one of the signature issues of his two-year presidency, calling for a "wall" and frequently railing against what he describes as a flood of rapists, gangs and "bad hombres". "I'm stunned [by] what this country has become".

US President Donald Trump has threatened to deploy the military and close the southern US border if Mexico did not move to halt large groups of migrants headed for the United States from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

President says no more money will be given to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador if the caravan is not stopped; William La Jeunesse reports on the march to America.

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His comments come as Trump has been urging fellow Republicans to make immigration a central issue in the closing weeks of their midterm election campaigns and blaming Democrats for his failure to pass immigration legislation in the GOP-controlled Congress.

Per NBC News, Mexico dispatched an additional 500 federal police to the border with Guatemala ahead of the migrants' arrival.

The president's warning echoes an earlier tweet on Wednesday, in which he again blasted Democrats for refusing to approve tighter border control and immigration laws.

"The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA", he wrote.

In April, Trump signed a proclamation to send the National Guard to the border to keep the migrants from entering the United States.

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