The Mexican government haswarned migrants participating in the caravan to turn around to avoid detention and deportation, saying they will not be allowed to enter the country as a group.
Individuals attempting to enter Mexico will need to show a passport and visa, something few migrants have, or apply for refugee status, CBS News reported.
A record number of Central American families crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in September after crossing into Mexico, according to a report by the Washington Post.
President Trump on Thursdaywarned that he may take military actionto stop immigrants from crossing the southern border into the U.S. if Mexico does not take action to stop the “onslaught.”
He has also threatened to cut off aid to Honduras if the government does not intervene with the caravan.
“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!” the president tweeted Thursday.
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 J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)October 16, 2018
The U.S. gave $175 million in aid to Honduras in fiscal 2017, according to the United States Agency for International Development.
Trump accused“crazy Democrats”off being behind the caravan’s formation at a campaign rally in Montana on Thursday night.
“Now we’re starting to find out and I won’t say it 100 percent, I’ll put a little tiny question mark at the end…A lot of money’s been passing through, people to come up and try and get to the border by election day because they think that’s a negative for us,” he said.
“They wanted that caravan, and there are those that say that caravan didn’t just happen, it didn’t just happen. A lot of reasons that caravan…They like it, they also figure everybody coming in is going to vote Democrat. Hey, they’re not so stupid when you think about it right?” he added.
Asimilar caravanof Central American asylum seekers drew the ire of the president in April.