Publicado: Jue, Abril 05, 2018
Espectáculos | Por Manuelo Venegas

Honduras 'unpleasantly' surprised by Trump aid threat

Honduras 'unpleasantly' surprised by Trump aid threat

United States President Donald Trump said yesterday that USA foreign aid to Honduras and other countries was at risk unless they stop a so-called caravan of more than 1,200 Central American migrants headed for the U.S. border with Mexico.

Here are five things to know about the men and women, mostly from Central America, waiting for Mexico to decide their fate. Many others aimed to stay in Mexico because they had family ties there or planned to work, Garibo said.

The caravan is in fact a yearly event held since 2010.

Mexico has received funding from the U.S. for training and equipment for its southern border since 2014, and it collaborated with USAID on a six-month project in 2017 to discourage Central Americans from leaving their countries by improving forensics practices, trade-related transparency, and jobs training.

Both Xicotencatl and Andrade said previous caravans have put priests in unsafe parts of Mexico at risk as many in the caravan arrived without a plan and some of the organizers engaged in imprudent activism, which targeted and angered organized crime.

"Trump is treating us as though we were terrorists", said Jorge Luis, who is from Honduras.

Central American migrants sleep during a pause from traveling in the caravan, on the journey to the US, at a sports field in Matias Romero, Oaxaca, Mexico April 4, 2018.

Trump tweeted early Tuesday morning.

He also voices his concern regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and how he believes that it would be a bad deal for America.

It also is unclear if the latest foreign aid threat to Honduras will make other countries less susceptible to USA pressures at the U.N. After the Jerusalem vote, Haley suggested Washington would remember those who sided with it.

"We can not have people flowing into our country illegally", Trump said. "We're going to work really hard to get as far as we can".

Just as some of the president's supporters were questioning his commitment to border security and building the wall, an organized caravan of some 1,500 migrants moving north from Central America is giving Trump an unexpected opportunity to prove he isn't wavering.

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The Mexican government has denied that it is allowing the migrants to push unimpeded across its territory.

The director added that he felt the Mexican government was hesitant to act because they too don't have enough capacity to detain all the migrants at once.

He remained wary of the Mexican government's immigration officials promise to give people papers immediately.

"I have been threatened with death and I had to leave my daughters back there", said Perez Rivera. Others, of course, don't have a real well-founded fear of persecution, which is the standard, and they will likely be returned if they're in the custody of the Mexican authorities.

In that same meeting, President Trump indicated that his weekend of NAFTA threats may already have worked.

Mexico's chief technical negotiator on the trade deal, Kenneth Smith Ramos, tweeted Tuesday that the country "will continue working in a constructive manner" in the NAFTA negotiations.

The government does not want to be seen as kowtowing to threats by Trump, who is deeply unpopular in Mexico.

The migrants stopped to camp out in a field in the Southern Mexico State of Oaxaca, which is about 800 miles from the Texas/Mexico border. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program affects about 800,000 people who entered the United States illegally as children.

While 128 nations voted for the resolution anyway, Honduras, which got $137.5 million in US aid in 2017, seemed to be safe, along with Guatemala, Togo and several small Pacific Island nations.

The migrants are primarily fleeing violence in Honduras and may be bound for the US border.

For the third straight day, Trump seized on coverage of a "caravan" of 1,000 migrants, primarily from Honduras, to call for tougher immigration policies and warn of what he called "weak" border security. And a growing number of Central Americans are requesting asylum in Mexico, instead of seeking to enter the U.S.

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