told Reuters that Mexico should protect migrants' rights despite the pressure from Mr Trump.

A top Honduran official on Tuesday rejected President Donald Trump's threat to cut USA foreign aid unless a so-called caravan of more than 1,000 Central American migrants headed to the US border with Mexico is stopped.


"They've been helping us, in part to speed the massive group out of their jurisdictions".

That followed a Sunday tweet, " 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. They laugh at our dumb immigration laws.

Individuals often try to reach the U.S. border but usually not as part of caravans, which typically do not proceed much farther north than the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

Central American migrants participating in the Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan or "Via crucis", set up camp at a sports center during a stop on April 2.

Mexico's National Institute of Immigration (INAMI) will grant humanitarian visas to certain vulnerable individuals within the group, such as as pregnant women and people with disabilities, reports BuzzFeed's Adolfo Perez, who is embedded with the caravan. Cash cow Nafta is in play, as is foreign aid to Honduras and the countries that allow this to happen. We should have those laws. Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray responded indirectly on Sunday, tweeting, "Every day Mexico and the U.S. work together on migration throughout the region".


A statement from Mexico's Interior Ministry said Monday that "under no circumstances does the government of Mexico promote irregular migration".

"It is not this government's responsibility to make immigration decisions for the United States or any other country, so it will be up to the appropriate authorities of the United States to decide whether to authorize the entry of the caravan participants to USA territory", the statement said. Organizers of the march told ABC News numerous participants had already planned to claim asylum in Mexico or the United States, through legal, official channels.

Andrade said members of his organization tried to accompany a caravan of migrants in 2014, but it became "infiltrated" by organized crime. In a series of tweets over the weekend, Trump threatened to use ongoing NAFTA negotiations to punish Mexico for what he said was inaction on illegal immigration.

"Until we can have a wall and proper security we're going to be guarding our border with the military", Trump said.


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