The Mexican government is also requesting the UN High Commissioner for Refugees establish a series of shelters across the country's southern border with added help in reviewing legitimate claims for asylum. Trump said on Twitter.
Throughout the week, federal police aircraft arrived in the city of Tapachula, near the border with Guatemala, with hundreds of federal officers equipped with antiriot gear.
WASHINGTON (October 18, 2018) - President Donald Trump is lashing out over the caravan of Central American migrants trying to reach the United States, saying that if Mexico does not stop the effort, he will use the military to "CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER".
With the midterm elections approaching on November 6, Mr Trump attacked the "Democrat Party-led. assault on our country by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador".
The thousands of Hondurans are making their way through Guatemala, headed toward Mexico and, if they're allowed through, plan to head onward to the USA, as the contentious midterm elections approach November 6.
Mexican Ambassador to the US Geronimo Gutierrez called the influx of migrants a "humanitarian crisis", CBS said.
He said securing the border is "far more important" than trade, including the newly agreed upon USMCA, a trade agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States. "Great Midterm issue for Republicans!".
Mexico has said the Hondurans in the current caravan would not be allowed to enter as a group, and members would either have to show a passport and visa - items few of the migrants have - or apply individually for refugee status, a process that can take three months for approval.
President Donald Trump has threatened to withhold $65 million in aid if Honduran leaders do not find a way to stop the caravan - which has already reached Guatemala.
Trump's frustration appears to stem in part from record levels of immigrant parents entering the U.S. with children in the three months since his administration ended family separations at the border.
He met with Guatemalan President Juan Carlos Varela and Vice President and Foreign Minister Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado.
"We are not leaving because we want to", he said.
They apparently clashed and "yelled at each other" about the Department of Homeland Security and how it was stopping migrants getting into the US.
Mujica, who had previously led a migrant caravan to the US border in the spring, said he was detained during a peaceful march. Immigration officials later issued a statement levying property damage allegations against Mujica, who holds dual U.S.
Defense Secretary James Mattis later authorized the National Guard to deploy up to 4,000 troops on the southern border.
A caravan of vehicles carrying more than 2,000 migrants left last Saturday from the northern Honduran city of San Pedro Sula after organizing themselves on social media.
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said on Wednesday his government dismissed threatened constraints placed on foreign aid.
"It was predictable, and it's also very close to the election", he said.
"In other words before they make the trek across Mexico?"