A large fleet of Central American migrants is persisting in their journey toward Mexico’s southern border, with hopes of eventually crossing into the United States. The group has swelled in numbers to over 7,000 strong and has become a focal point in the immigration debate between Democrats and Republicans just before the 2018 midterm elections.
Most of the migrants taking the journey are doing so out of political or economic necessity, fleeing poor and sometimes violent conditions in their home countries. President Trump has put the blame on Democrats for the situation, citing their failure to vote for Republican immigration reform in the past.
Trump also threatened to cut international aid to the Central American countries that have failed to halt the migrant caravan.
The president has taken action by ordering thousands of National Guard troops to the southern border to support immigration officials there as the caravan gets closer. This situation will likely escalate as migrants reach the U.S.-Mexico border and engage with law enforcement there.
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