Trump praises Mexico for stopping migrant 'caravan'

06 April, 2018, 04:19 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Central American migrants gather to talk while they take a break from traveling in their caravan on their journey to the U.S. Oaxaca Mexico

And before Trump credited Mexico's "strong immigration laws" for dispersing much of the migrant group on Thursday, earlier this week he warned that he would "stop their cash cow, NAFTA", if the country doesn't reduce the flow of immigrants coming across the southern United States border.

"Trump's conduct has been permanently and systematically, not only disrespectful, but insulting, based on prejudices and misinformation and making frequent use of threats and blackmail", said Laura Rojas, head of the Mexican Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, Reuters reported.

The caravan has captured the attention of Trump and his administration this week, serving as a symbol to further attempt to alter the foreign aid, trade and immigration policies the President has long wanted to tackle.

Jose Antonio Meade, from the ruling party, called on all candidates to "join in defense of sovereignty and national dignity".

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The Senate also insisted on reminding President Trump that NAFTA has been of mutual benefit, underlining "the five million USA jobs derived from the Treaty and the Mexican investments for more than 52,000 million dollars in 6,500 United States companies that have employed more than 120,000 people", the report continues.

The center-left candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who is leading all polls with a wide advantage, said his coalition didn't accept "the use of force or militarization of the border", since "problems are not solved that way".

The narrative on the right this week, for example, mostly omitted that many people in the caravan planned to resettle in Mexico, not the United States.

The caravan, called "the Migrant's Way of the Cross", temporarily stopped in the southern state of Oaxaca, where some of its members asked the government for transit visas.

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The caravan of migrants originally numbered around 1,500.

"The threat of militarizing the border.is not an act of respect", she wrote in a letter addressed to Trump.

It also declared that 465 migrants had requested transit visas, of which 230 had obtained it while 168 would get another type of visa so they can stay in the country. The statement said that the caravan has taken place each year since Y 2010, and that 400 people in the group have already been deported.

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