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Mexican Senate slams Trump's bid to militarize border

09 April 2018

There has been a flurry of media attention in the past week on a group of Central American migrants traveling through Mexico as part of a "caravan".

The Mexican government has responded by issuing temporary permits to migrants.

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The president suggested that women were being raped in a high profile "caravan" of more than 1,000 migrants that has been making its way through Mexico to the U.S. border in recent days.

Despite knowing the permit protected him, and that travelling alone would be faster, he feared if he left the caravan he would be exposed to the robbery and assault that befall many migrants on the long slog to the United States border.

The first People Without Borders caravan was organized in 2010 in the wake of the kidnapping and killing of more than 70 undocumented Central American migrants by members of a Mexican drug cartel.

President Trump tweeted that those in the caravan only want to take advantage of DACA and he threatened to cut off all aid to the Honduran government. We will always support bilateral and trilateral cooperation mechanisms in North America that privilege respect between the parties, but we will not accept threats, the Business Coordinating Council (CCE) said.

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The caravan at the heart of the latest border flareup was marching northward to draw attention to the migrants' plight, with most heading to official US border crossings to apply for asylum and some hoping to break off and cross illegally.

On Sunday, President Trump launched his latest Twitter tirade, this time targeting a migrant caravan in Mexico.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, in a statement personally directed to President Trump, called on the US president Thursday to negotiate with Mexico in a constructive spirit, saying the challenges between the two neighbors "never justify threatening or disrespectful attitudes between our countries".

Jorge de Santiago, a maquiladora worker whose house sits right on the border, said of the deployment: "It looks bad, but it doesn't do much".

Abeja said the group contained more people from Honduras - where violent protests following a contested election were shut down by military forces - than in previous years. "You can very easily run into immigration and they'll ask for identification", he said.

'They crossed into the United States, or tried to'. More than 20 people were killed in post-election protests, and Honduras has always been a unsafe place for activists. "They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people", he said previously. "We thought it would be better to flee". These are the types of investments - not a further militarized border - that will lead to more sustainable solutions for the U.S., migrants, and their home countries.

Mexican Senate slams Trump's bid to militarize border