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Looming Border Showdown Is Inching Its Way North

President warns Honduras over 'caravan' of immigrants headed toward US
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2018 11:30 AM CDT
Updated Oct 16, 2018 1:40 PM CDT
Honduran migrants making their way to the US are blocked by Guatemalan police after crossing the Honduras-Guatemala border in Esquipulas, Guatemala, on Monday.   (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
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(Newser) – Back in April, a "caravan" of immigrants marching across Central America toward the US border drew the attention of President Trump. Now comes round two. On Tuesday, Trump issued a warning to Honduras, where most of the immigrants in the latest group are from: "The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to the U.S. is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately!" Background and developments:

  • The caravan: This one started last week with about 160 people in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, which the AP calls one of the most dangerous places in one of the most dangerous countries. As the group began walking out of the country, others joined, and most estimates put the current number near 2,000. The Washington Post, however, notes that volunteers suggest it's closer to 3,000, bigger than April's group.
  • The path: The group already has crossed the border into Guatemala, after police in the latter country didn't do much to stop them, reports the Guardian. Then it will be on to Mexico and the US, though if history holds, many of the migrants will break off and remain in Central America. Unlike in April, Mexico has warned that this time it will turn back anyone with improper visa requirements.

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