What Is Driving the Honduran Migrant Caravan to the US?
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FEATURING HANNAH HAFTER – Trump has been using his Twitter account to threaten the governments of Central American nations over a migrant caravan heading to the United States. Earlier this week he tweeted, “Anybody entering the United States illegally will be arrested and detained, prior to being sent back to their country!” and then in a separate tweet he said, “We have today informed the countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador that if they allow their citizens, or others, to journey through their borders and up to the United States, with the intention of entering our country illegally, all payments made to them will STOP (END)!”
There are reports of about 2,000 Hondurans traveling north to the US in a large caravan. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is headed to Central America this month. On Thursday morning Trump went further on Twitter threatening to send the US military to the border, saying, “I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught – and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!”
Hannah Hafter, Senior Grassroots Organizer with Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.