President Donald Trump warned the government of Honduras that it will face a total cutoff of U.S. aid if it does not stop a current caravan of would-be illegals bound for the U.S., in a Tuesday morning tweet.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2018
The caravan numbers nearly 3,000 would-be illegals bound for the U.S. It is being dubbed the “March of the Migrants” by the organizers. Many of the migrants hope to take advantage of a loophole in U.S. law which allows family units who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border to be released into the interior of the country to await an asylum hearing at a later date.
Many of these family units never arrive for their asylum hearings and the Trump administration see’s the loophole, known as “catch and release,” as a major incentive for would-be illegal immigrants. Trump is considering bringing back a zero-tolerance policy at the border, which would result in the long term detention of illegal family units.