Mexican migration authorities said they have deported 2,300 Hondurans in a new “2020 caravan” that was headed to the United States.
Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf had warned of reports of “violence and lawlessness” among caravan participants.
He said the U.S. has people in Central America working with countries there to block people, and signaled those who do make it across Mexico to the U.S. will be met with the same wall of policies that helped derail last year’s migrant surge.
President Trump has warned Mexico in the past that U.S. aid could be on the line and taken away if caravans headed to the U.S. were not stopped.
October of 2018 Trump tweeted
“I am watching the Democrat Party led (because they want Open Borders and existing weak laws) assault on our country by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, whose leaders are doing little to stop this large flow of people, INCLUDING MANY CRIMINALS, from entering Mexico to U.S…..
….In addition to stopping all payments to these countries, which seem to have almost no control over their population, I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught – and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!..
….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. Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border. All Democrats fault for weak laws!”
Yahoo reports Mexican migration authorities said they have deported 2,300 Hondurans who illegally crossed over from Guatemala with a caravan heading to the United States.
The “assisted return” of the Central Americans took place between January 18 and Monday, according to the interior ministry and the National Migration Institute.
A total of 1,064 Honduran migrants were deported on National Guard planes and charter aircraft, they said in a statement.
Another 1,239 were repatriated by land from the southern states of Chiapas and Tabasco, the institute said.
The Central Americans entered Mexico last week from Guatemala with the so-called “2020 Caravan” with the intention of heading to the United States.
Mexican authorities said the deportations were carried out “in compliance with the migration law and with full respect for human rights.”