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Mexico Vows to Block Honduran Migrant Caravan Heading to U.S.

The Mexican government says that it will stop a caravan of about 600 migrants from Honduras who are trying to cross the border into the United States, according to Fox News.

According to the President of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard told him that the Mexican government would “do everything in their powers to stop the group.” In a statement to the BBC, Mexico’s Interior Minister Olga Cordero declared that “Mexico is not only a transit country…in no way we have transit visas or safe passage.”

The cooperation of the Mexican government is indicative of the deal President Trump successfully negotiated with Mexico and other Latin American countries to crack down on illegal immigration, with such caravans often passing freely through Mexico and others to get to the United States.

Using the threat of more tariffs, President Trump persuaded Mexico to sign onto a “Remain in Mexico” agreement, formally known as the “U.S. Migrant Protection Protocols,” wherein asylum seekers must remain in Mexico while their cases are being processed, or otherwise be sent to another country to seek asylum there.