Caravan of Central American Migrants Holds a Mirror to Cruel US Immigration Policy and Imperialism

Despite efforts by Mexican immigration authorities to disband a caravan of Central American migrants, hundreds are still bound for the US-Mexico border. This comes after an early-morning tweet from President Trump that said the caravan “is largely broken up thanks to the strong immigration laws of Mexico and their willingness to use them so as not to cause a giant scene.” The group People Without Borders, or Pueblo Sin Fronteras, has organized the caravan since 2010 to draw attention to the right to seek asylum and refuge. This year its members are disproportionately from Honduras, which remains in political upheaval after US-backed right-wing President Juan Orlando Hernández was inaugurated for a second term despite allegations of widespread voting fraud in November. We get an update from Arturo Vizcarra, a volunteer with People Without Borders. He just returned from the caravan.

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NERMEEN SHAIKH: We turn now to a caravan of more than a thousand Central American migrants who are on a 2,000-mile journey to the US from the Mexico-Guatemalan border. Some say it’s prompted President Trump’s crackdown on border security. Despite efforts by Mexican immigration authorities to disband the caravan, hundreds are still bound for the US-Mexico border.

This comes after an early-morning tweet from President Trump that said, quote, “The Caravan is largely broken up thanks to the strong immigration laws of Mexico and their willingness to use them so as not to cause a giant scene at our Border. Because of the Trump Administrations actions, Border crossings are at a still UNACCEPTABLE 46 year low. Stop drugs!”

Trump’s tweet followed a flurry of threats that began on Easter Sunday to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, unless Mexico agrees to join his crackdown on immigration. By Tuesday afternoon, Trump had taken credit for the reduced number of migrants in the caravan.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: So a lot of things are changing, but I have just heard that…

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