Trump threatens military closure at US border to stop migrants

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As POTUS tweeted, a caravan of about 4K Honduran migrants continues its trek toward the United States.

In his third tweet of the morning, the president called the caravan part of an "an assault on our country by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador" - and he accused Democrats of leading the effort through their support of open borders and a weak enforcement of US immigration laws.

"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!" he said.

In a string of tweets on Thursday, Trump also appeared to link the issue to trade and a newly minted deal with Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement pact that is awaiting ratification.

In response, President Trump has threatened to cut off aid to Honduras as well as other countries helping the flood of illegal immigrants.

The use of military to help secure the US border is not unprecedented.

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In April, Trump signed a proclamation to send the National Guard to the border to keep the migrants from entering the United States.

Contra Trump, there is no basis for believing that undocumented immigrants or asylum seekers are predisposed to criminal activity.

The migrants - who say they are traveling in search of jobs, better lives for their families and an escape from gang threats and violent communities - were blocked at the Honduras-Guatemala border for several hours earlier this week by Guatemalan police in riot gear before being allowed to pass.

Trump has frequently portrayed undocumented immigrants to the USA as a criminal threat and in league with Democrats - a tactic also adopted by many Republican candidates in the ongoing mid-term election campaign. Democrats in 2013 led the charge to overhaul the nation's immigration laws, an effort that stalled because of opposition from Republicans who controlled the House.

President Trump continued by saying ceasing the flow of drug and criminals into the U.S.is more important than global trade.

The caravan, estimated to contain around 4,000 people, is inching Thursday toward the Mexico-Guatemala border, where Mexican officials have sent 500 additional federal police officers ahead of its arrival, NBC News reported, citing USA government documents.

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