Donald Trump has said that he has alerted the military and federal border authorities that a US-bound migrant caravan from Central America was a "national emergency", and warned that the United States would begin curtailing aid to the region.
Trump also said the U.S. will start to cut aid to the countries where the migrants are from.
"Two people burn a United States flag during a protest in favor of the caravan of migrants that is now stuck on the Guatemala-Mexico border, in front of the American embassy, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018", the AP Images description reads in part.
According to the US Agency for International Development, US aid obligations this year are about US$53 million to Guatemala, US$20 million to El Salvador and US$15 million to Honduras.
Keeping together for strength and safety in numbers, some migrants huddled under a metal roof in Tapachula's main plaza Sunday night.
Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America en route to the United States, rest along the sidewalks of Tapachula city center, Mexico October 21, 2018.
In a series of tweets, Trump called the caravan's approach a national emergency and said he has alerted the United States border patrol and military, setting the stage for a confrontation when the swelling mass of migrants reach the border.
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Others lay exhausted in the open air, with only thin sheets of plastic to protect them from ground soggy from an intense evening shower.
The "caravan" is now estimated at over.
"I would call in the military and I would seal off the border".
Critics of the caravan have noted that the flags seen among the group include Honduran and Guatemalan flags, but no American flags. "We'll get a piece of plastic to cover ourselves if it rains again".
President Trump, who's been unable to win changes to US laws, has pressured Honduras - the source of most of this caravan's members - as well as Guatemala and Mexico, which the caravan must travel through to reach the USA, to do more.
Migrants received help Sunday from sympathetic Mexicans who offered food, water and clothing.
"We're going to make it, we're going to keep moving so long as they don't stop us", said Honduran Jaffe Borjas, 17, marching alongside a childhood friend at the head of the column that stretched far down the highway to the horizon.
"He who leaves his town does not leave for pleasure but out of necessity", he said.
"We fully support the efforts of Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, as they seek to address this critical situation and ensure a safer and more secure region". Anyone who makes it to the USA will be immediately deportable.
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