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Migrant caravan draws hostile Trump tweets

The yearly “Via Crucis” (stations of the cross) migrant caravan, whose participants are mainly comprised of citizens from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador seeking asylum in Mexico and/or the United States, has received unlikely publicity from the world’s most powerful person, U.S. President Donald Trump.

In a series of – what else – tweets, the former mogul lambasted the Mexican government for not forcibly dealing with migration over its borders, claiming it represents a security threat to the United States.

“Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Border, and then into the U.S.” tweeted Trump with his characteristic erudition.  “They laugh at our dumb immigration laws. They must stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA. NEED WALL!”

The yearly caravan is organized by Pueblo Sin Fronteras, a non-profit group which has been advocating for the rights of migrants for over 15 years.  Its chief organizer, Irenio Mujica, has indicated that the caravan, which consists of about 1,100, will only go as far as the city of Puebla, where there will be a migrant rights symposium.   She added that after said meeting, members are free to continue on to Mexico City, where claims of asylum are most effectively made.

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