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With 1 Statement Trump Had Caravan Organizer in Custody & 3 Countries Desperately Trying to Stop Immigrants

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President Donald Trump has Central American countries desperately scrambling to stop a caravan of illegal immigrants moving steadily toward the United States after Trump threatened to stop giving them aid if they refuse to stop it.

On Tuesday, Trump explained on Twitter that El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, where the caravan originated, would lose payments from the United States if they refused to take action on their borders.

“We have today informed the countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador that if they allow their citizens, or others, to journey through their borders and up to the United States, with the intention of entering our country illegally, all payments made to them will STOP,” Trump wrote.

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Trump is referring to the huge caravan of immigrants heading toward Mexico and the United States.

By Wednesday, the “caravan” had grown to the size of 4,000 people, according to NBC.

But Trump’s statement was apparently enough to get the Central American countries’ attention, as it looks like Guatemalan and Honduran police have been sending people back.

Not only that, but Guatemalan police took one of the organizers of the caravan, Bartolo Fuentes, into custody along with three associates, according to Reuters.

The bad news is that the officers on the Honduran border with Guatemala have been unsuccessful in stopping everyone.

“We can’t attend to people en masse. People are going through one by one,” Honduran police spokesman Alex Madrid said.

The Mexican government is even trying to chip in by sending 500 Mexican federal police to its border with Guatemala, according to NBC.

On Thursday morning, Trump issued a Twitter post to make his position even clearer.

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Amid the tension, the illegal immigrants have been trying to justify illegally entering foreign countries.

Is Trump's strategy of pressuring these countries likely to work?

“These people are fleeing. These people are not tourists,” the arrested organizer, Fuentes, said.

Nobody ever thought they were tourists, Fuentes. Everybody recognizes the caravan for what it is. It’s a giant group of thousands of people who want to break the laws of the United States by entering the country illegally. That’s the definition of starting off on the wrong foot.

If the illegal immigrants are seeking employment and benefits, they will likely have to break the law again by using fraudulent documents.

However, a lot of this may be avoided with Trump’s tough stance on illegal immigration and Central American governments scrambling to stop the caravan.

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Malachi Bailey is a writer from Ohio with a background in history, education and philosophy. He has led multiple conservative groups and is dedicated to the principles of free speech, privacy and peace.
Malachi Bailey is a writer from Ohio with a passion for free speech, privacy and peace. He graduated from the College of Wooster with a B.A. in History. While at Wooster, he served as the Treasurer for the Wooster Conservatives and the Vice President for the Young Americans for Liberty.
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