The migrant caravan is growing and still intent on crashing the U.S. border.
This, despite the fact that President Trump made it clear to the leaders of the Honduras and other Central America countries that they must take action to stop the caravan or lose millions in aide.
From the New York Times:
TAPACHULA, MEXICO — IN OPEN DEFIANCE OF THE MEXICAN AND AMERICAN GOVERNMENTS, THOUSANDS OF CENTRAL AMERICAN UNDOCUMENTED MIGRANTS, MOST OF A CARAVAN THAT HAS BEEN HEADING TOWARD THE UNITED STATES FOR MORE THAN A WEEK, RESUMED THEIR JOURNEY ON SUNDAY IN SOUTHERN MEXICO. THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT, WHICH HAS BEEN UNDER PRESSURE BY PRESIDENT TRUMP TO STOP THE CARAVAN, HAD ORDERED THE MIGRANTS TO SUBMIT TO PROCESSING BY THE IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES AT A LEGAL BORDER CROSSING.
There are legitimate security and safety concerns regarding this caravan, which reports indicate has reached 14,000 strong, after they reached Mexico and stormed the border gates.
NEW: Caravan migrants tear down border gate in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, and run toward bridge that leads into Mexico. More tonight on thousands trying to reach the US – and what Pres. Trump is saying about political impact their march could have in midterms. https://t.co/ohnofNO6m0 pic.twitter.com/BBNhMCAchL
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) October 19, 2018
He has already warned that he would send the U.S. Military to the border if Mexico and other countries couldn’t stop the invasion and true to that promise, hundreds of U.S. troops are now on their way to the southern border to help DHS and the National Guard protect our border.
BREAKING: AP source: Defense Secretary Mattis expected to sign order to send at least 800 troops to US-Mexico border.
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 25, 2018
From Fox News
Hundreds of U.S. troops are set to make their way to the southern border to help Homeland Security and the National Guard as a caravan with thousands of migrants moves north, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News on Thursday.
The official said roughly 800 soldiers will be sent to the area to offer “logistical support,” including providing tents and vehicles.
It’s not immediately clear which units are being tasked with the mission as details are still being finalized.
Defense Secretary James Mattis could sign the deployment orders as soon as today.
There are currently 2,100 National Guard troops on the southern border right now assisting Homeland Security.
President Trump tweeted Thursday morning that “I am bringing out the military for this National Emergency. They will be stopped!”
The migrant caravan as of Thursday is still in southern Mexico, more than 1,000 miles away from the nearest entry point into the U.S. Its size is estimated to be around 7,000, but many of those currently walking are suffering from exhaustion, dehydration and heat stroke.
Some also told Fox News they fear getting attacked if they hop on a cargo train or getting deported if they take a bus.
“They are going to walk as long as they can,” said caravan member Brian Colindres, “or as far as they can.”
A majority of those walking say they are looking for a better life north of the border are fleeing poverty and violence in Honduras, where the caravan originated. They are exhausted and unaware of what will happen – but they remain optimistic.