Trump: Democrats Hope Caravan Migrants Will Vote for Them
The President statement comes after a video surfaces showing migrants receiving cash
President Donald Trump has claimed the Democratic Party are quietly supporting the huge caravan of Honduran migrants marching towards the United States' southern border because they will vote for them.
The President statement comes the day after Mexico dispatched two giant Boeing 727s loaded with federal police officers in order intercept the approach of a migrant caravan.
Just yesterday, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., posted a video on Twitter that allegedly shown migrants receiving cash.
Gaetz called for the footage to be investigated as it indicated an outside source was funding migrants to travel by foot through Guatemala, Mexico, to the U.S. border.
The claim is yet to be confirmed.
"As you know I’m willing to send the military to defend our southern border if necessary, all because of the illegal immigration onslaught brought by the Democrats because they refuse to acknowledge or to change the laws. They like it. They also figure everybody coming in is going to vote Democrat," Trump told the crowd at Missoula, Mont.
"They wanted that caravan and there are those that say that caravan didn't just happen. It didn't just happen," Trump said.
According to The Washington Examiner: Multiple news reports have indicated 2,000 to 4,000 Hondurans and Guatemalans are marching to the Mexico-Guatemala border in intentions of entering the country and walking to the U.S. border.
A group of 160 people left Honduras last Saturday and arrived in Guatemala on Monday.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection had before shared with the Washington Examiner that the average trip from a Northern Triangle country to South Texas takes around a month.
Trump said Thursday evening he was to blame for foreigners wanting to come to the U.S., even doing so illegally.
“I will say, I have caused the problem. I’m taking full blame. You know why? Everyone’s like in shock. And look fake news, it’s my problem, I caused it because I have created such an incredible economy. I have created so many jobs. Everybody wants to come in so they’re all pouring in or trying to,” Trump said.
Trump has urged Mexico to halt the caravan before it gets to America's southern border.
Mexico expanded hundreds of additional federal immigration officers and police to the state of Chiapas on Tuesday.
Chiapas is one of two Mexican states that border Guatemala.
Federal officials maintain the Honduran group will try to enter Mexico from the state’s 200-mile international border.
BREAKING: Footage in Honduras giving cash 2 women & children 2 join the caravan & storm the US border @ election time. Soros? US-backed NGOs? Time to investigate the source! pic.twitter.com/5pEByiGkkN— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) October 17, 2018
Mexico’s Interior Ministry warned Saturday it will only support those granted visas to cross into the country.
Those in the caravan would have had to have applied for visas at the Mexican consulates in Honduras.
Mexico is the only Central American country that demands its neighbors to secure visas in order to enter.
The caravan is the second major group of Central American citizens to migrate to the U.S. this year following one this spring.
DHS previously told the Washington Examiner that smugglers often bring small groups of fewer than a dozen people from Central America, then hold them in towns just south of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Then, they will lead 100-200 people over at once.
Trump on Tuesday warned he would cease all financial aid to Honduras if the president did not stop the group from leaving, though they had already crossed into Guatemala by then.
Honduras leads the world as the country with the largest homicide rate.
The country is home to 8.25 million people and has recorded 90.4 murders for every 100,000 residents, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.