- Trump suggests gangsters and terrorists – ‘unknown Middle Easterners’ – are mixed in with migrant caravan
- He warns El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to expect cuts in U.S. aid money for not stopping the people
- President also urges voters to elect more Republicans 15 days from now if they want fewer illegal immigrants
- Department of Homeland Security said it is ‘closely monitoring’ group after it crossed into Mexico
- DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen vowed to root out cartels trying to help desperate foreigners into the U.S.
- Caravan now numbers around 7,000 people after it skirted around Mexican border guards and fences
- President Trump said ‘full efforts’ are being made to stop ‘onslaught of illegal aliens’ crossing the border
President Donald Trump renewed his claim on Monday that the sea of humanity inching its way north from Central Americato the United States is a pit of unsavory gangsters and terrorists.
Trump complained on Twitter that Mexico has been unable to stop the thousands of Hondurans and Guatemalans who have captured humanitarian interest while they’ve piqued his outrage.
‘Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emerg[enc]y. Must change laws!’ he tweeted.
The president also returned to his political messaging just 15 days before the midterm congressional election, saying voters who fear the impact of a mass influx of illegal immigrants should elect more Republicans.
‘Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws! Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally,’ he said.
Trump reiterated, too, his threat to pull foreign aid from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, an unprecedented consequence for the developing nations whose migrant exodus has largely been controlled by drug cartels and human traffickers, not government agencies.
The Department of Homeland Security is warning that Mexico’s cartels will try to ‘prey on the vulnerabilities’ of migrants in the caravan, now 7,000 strong.