Why Mexico isn’t stopping the migrant caravan | News Sponsored by TrumpShop.net

Oct 23, 18
Why Mexico isn’t stopping the migrant caravan | News Sponsored by TrumpShop.net

Joshua Partlow Correspondent focusing on Mexico, Central America and other parts of Latin America October 22 at 6:25 PM TAPACHULA, Mexico — As thousands of Central American migrants continue their long walk to the U.S. border, prompting daily condemnations from President Trump, the Mexican government has had to decide: Are Trump’s threats enough to trigger an intervention? For now, Mexican police have merely stepped aside as the caravan has passed, watching first as migrants took rafts across the river that separates the country from Guatemala, and then as they continued by foot along the main highway, chanting, “Si, se pudo!” or “Yes, we could!” That response appears to have been conveyed to the White House, and now, once again, Mexico’s most important bilateral relationship appears to be on shaky ground. “Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States,” Trump tweeted. He later said on Fox News, “I don’t know what’s going on with Mexico. It looks like the people are walking right through the middle of Mexico. So I’m not exactly thrilled there either!” The caravan has marked another chapter in Mexico’s complicated effort to balance threats from the United States with the country’s own domestic politics. Detaining or deporting the caravan’s members would certainly please Trump, but it would flout Mexican immigration laws and further the impression that the government is taking orders from a hostile White House. So far, the Mexican police appear to be conscious of that tension and the perception of their presence. Riot police have stopped to pose for pictures in their gear, as if ready to combat the migrants, letting international television crews film them before retreating. Honduran migrants pile into a truck in Metapa, in Mexico’s Chiapas state, on their way to Tapachula. (Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images) The caravan risks a wider confrontation with Washington if Trump threatens to cut off aid t

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