US President Donald Trump warned in a Twitter post on Tuesday that the United States would cut all aid to Honduras if the country's president does not stop a caravan of migrants headed toward the US border.
Late Tuesday, the president tweeted: "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 (END)!"
Trump's warning comes amidst reports that a new migrant caravan from Honduras comprising about 1600 people is moving towards the U.S. via Guatemala.
Meanwhile, Mexico's immigration authority sent out a fresh warning late Monday that only those who meet entry requirements would be allowed into the country and each migrant would have to satisfy Mexican migration agents. About 250 police kept them from advancing and told them they had to return to the border to go through immigration.
Organizers of that caravan, the immigrant rights group Pueblo Sin Fronteras, released a statement Tuesday in support of the new caravan.
Trump, who has made cracking down on illegal immigration a keystone of his presidency, tweeted that USA aid to Honduras, which is planned to reach almost $66million in 2019, would end.
President Donald Trump has warned Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador against allowing people who intend to travel into the U.S. illegally to pass through their borders.
Late Tuesday, Trump said via Twitter that the us had conveyed the same message to the governments of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, telling them that usa aid will stop if they allow migrants to travel from or across their countries with the intent of entering the United States without permission.
A Salvadoran government statement and the country's migration director, Herbert Hernandez, said about 100 of the Hondurans tried to enter "without going through the obligatory migration control" and soldiers and police took control of a border bridge between the two countries.
For the fiscal year that started October 1, the U.S. has designated $65.7 million for aid to Honduras, primarily through the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
"Told him US will not tolerate this blatant disregard for our border & sovereignty", Pence tweeted.
In Guatemala, the migrants rose early and many left without eating breakfast, bound for Zacapa, the next city on their route.
Previously, Guatemala's Institute of Migration had said the country "does not promote or endorse irregular migration in any forms" and said the caravan was not respecting the nation's migration laws.
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said Wednesday that he had spoken twice with U.S. President Mike Pence.
Since 2014, the United States has committed $2.6 billion in aid for Central America's Northern Triangle region of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to cut off aid to Honduras if it doesn't stop it.
But U.S. officials - and President Trump - warned the marchers.
The caravan, though sizable, represents a tiny fraction of the illegal immigration problem in the United States.