Honduras'tan 700 kişilik yeni göçmen grubu yola çıktı

BUENOS AIRES (AA) – Orta Amerika'dan ABD'ye gitmek üzere yola çıkan 700 kişilik yeni göçmen grubu Guatemala sınırına ulaştı.

La Prensa gazetesinin haberine göre, pazartesi günü Guatemala sınırını geçenlere katılmak üzere 700 kişilik yeni "göçmen karavanı" ülkenin Guatemala sınırındaki Agua Caliente bölgesine geldi.

Göçmenler, daha iyi bir hayat için ABD'ye gitmek istediklerini ifade ediyor.

Göçmenlerin, kimliklerini belirten bir belge göstermeleri karşılığında Guatemala'ya geçişlerine izin veriliyor. Şu anda kısmen kapalı olan sınır hattının güvenlik güçleriyle çevrili olduğu dikkati çekiyor.

Agua Caliente bölgesinde, karavanın geçişini engellemek sıkı güvenlik önlemleri alındı. Honduras polisi Guatemala ve El Salvador sınırında 54 kontrol noktası kurdu. Ayrıca, ülkede yetkililer "Göç yolunda hayatınızı riske atmayın." çağrısı yapıyor.

Honduras Dışişleri Bakanlığına göre, geçen ekim ayından bu yana göçmen karavanıyla ABD sınırına giden kişilerden hiçbiri sığınma hakkı veya bu ülke topraklarında yasal bir şekilde kalma hakkı elde edemedi.

  • "Tam anlamıyla bir hiçliğe geliyorlar"

ABD'de göç konusunda uzman Avukat Tania Silva, yaptığı açıklamada, göçmenlerin ABD tarafından kabul edilme oranının çok düşük olduğunu söyledi.

Başvuruların yüzde 90'ının reddedildiğini belirten Silva, kabul gören yüzde 10'unun ise avukatlar tarafından temsil edilenlerden oluştuğu bilgisini verdi.

Göçmen karavanıyla gelenlerin birçoğunun sığınma hakkı olmadığını vurgulayan Avukat Tania Silva, "Buraya gelenlerin çoğu şiddetten kaçıyor. Şiddet ne kadar kötü olursa olsun, tek başına sığınma hakkı alabilmek için yeterli değil." ifadelerini kullandı.

Önceki karavanlarla gelenlerden birçok kişinin pişman olduğunu dile getiren Silva, "Ben üçüncü karavanın yalan haber olduğunu düşünmüştüm. Gerçek şu ki tam anlamıyla bir hiçliğe geliyorlar. Önceki göçmenlere yolculuğun kolay olacağı, korunacakları ve ABD sınırına vardıklarında geçmelerine izin verilecekleri söylenmişti." diye konuştu.

Silva, daha önce gelen göçmenler arasından birçok çocuğun kaybolduğunu ve hala bulunamadığını hatırlattı.

  • Guatemala'ya dün geçen göçmen karavanı

Honduras hükümeti dün ABD'ye gitmek üzere 709 Honduraslının bulunduğu bir göçmen karavanının ülkenin San Pedro Sula bölgesinden Guatemala'ya geçtiğini açıklamıştı.

Honduras Acil Durum Komisyonu (Copeco) Direktörü Lisandro Rosales, dün 359 kişinin yasal yollardan, 350 kişinin ise kaçak olarak Guatemala'a geçtiğini doğrulamıştı.

Rosales, göçmenler arasında bulunan 23 çocuğun, yanlarında kendilerine eşlik eden kimse olmadığı için Çocuk, Genç ve Aile İdaresine sevk edildiğini duyurmuştu.

New migrant 'caravan' heading to US: Trump

                              By Michael Hernandez</p>  <p>WASHINGTON (AA) - President Donald Trump warned Tuesday of a &quot;big new&quot; group of migrants coming to the U.S. from Latin America as he continues to insist on funding for a border wall in order to reopen the federal government. </p>  <p>Trump said the newest &quot;caravan&quot; is coming from Honduras where rampant gang violence and poverty has led many people to leave their countries for the U.S. </p>  <p>&quot;Tell Nancy and Chuck that a drone flying around will not stop them. Only a Wall will work,&quot; Trump said as the partial shutdown hit day 25. &quot;Stop playing political games and end the Shutdown!&quot;</p>  <p>The president has sought to emphasize the new migrant group in recent days, a parallel to his strategy in the run-up to last year's midterm elections when he repeatedly sought to warn of new migrants coming to the U.S. in an effort to rally his base. </p>  <p>Trump has adamantly insisted lawmakers allocate $5.7 billion for the wall he wants to build on the U.S.-Mexico border, but Democrats, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, have consistently rejected the demand, instead passing several pieces of legislation to reopen the government without the funding. </p>  <p>Alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Trump has worked to ensure any legislation without the allocations he is seeking are stymied in the chamber.  </p>  <p>Roughly 800,000 federal employees are either being forced to work without pay, or stay home from their jobs as Trump seeks funding for the barrier he said Mexico would pay for.</p>  <p> The shutdown is now the longest in U.S. history with no apparent end in sight. </p>  <p>&quot;@realDonaldTrump, stop holding the paychecks of 800,000 Americans hostage. There is no reason for them to be suffering right now. Re-open the government! #TrumpShutdown,&quot; Pelosi said on Twitter after Trump asked on the social media website why the lawmaker is being paid during the shutdown. </p>  <p>Recent polling has shown Trump's approval rating to be hovering around 40 percent with the vast majority of Americans faulting him and congressional Republicans for the budget stalemate. 

Brezilya ve Honduras'ın büyükelçiliklerini Kudüs'e taşıma planı

KAHİRE (AA) – Arap Birliği Genel Sekreteri Ahmed Ebu Gayt, Brezilya'nın Tel Aviv'deki büyükelçiliğini Kudüs'e taşımasına engel olmak için tüm imkanları seferber etme çağrısında bulundu.

Arap Birliğinden yapılan yazılı açıklamaya göre, Ebu Gayt'ın başkent Kahire'de, Filistin Devlet Başkanı Mahmud Abbas ile gerçekleştirdiği görüşmede, Brezilya Devlet Başkanı Jair Bolsonaro'nun ülkesinin büyükelçiliğini Tel Aviv'den Kudüs'e taşıma planını ve Kudüs'ün İsrail'in başkenti olarak tanınması yoluyla Doğu Kudüs'ün hukuki statüsünü zedeleme amaçlı çalışmalara karşı koyma konuları ele alındı.

Ebu Gayt, konuyla ilgili değerlendirmesinde, "Şu aşamada, Brezilya Devlet Başkanının (Bolsonaro), ülkesinin büyükelçiliğini Kudüs'e taşıma planını yeniden gözden geçirmesi için eldeki tüm kozları kullanmaya çok ihtiyaç var. Arapların elinde yeterince koz var ancak bunların toplanması ve koordine edilmesi gerekiyor. Bunun gerçekleşmesi için de bir sonraki aşamada ciddi bir şekilde çalışmak gerekiyor." ifadesini kullandı.

Brezilya Devlet Başkanlığına seçilen Sosyal Liberal Partinin (PSL) adayı aşırı sağcı Jair Bolsonaro, göreve geldikten sonra Brezilya büyükelçiliğini Tel Aviv'den Kudüs'e taşımayı planladığı sinyalini vermişti.

  • Honduras'ın büyükelçiliğini Kudüs'e taşıma planı

Arap Birliğinden yapılan başka bir açıklamaya göre ise Ebu Gayt, Orta Amerika ülkesi Honduras'ın büyükelçiliğini Kudüs'e taşıma niyetinden "büyük rahatsızlık" duyduğunu dile getirdi.

Ebu Gayt, "Herhangi bir devletin bu adımı atmaya yeltenmesi, Kudüs'ü işgal toprağı olarak kabul eden ve Filistin-İsrail arasında gerçekleşecek müzakereler yoluyla nihai statüsü belirlenmeden önce büyükelçiliklerin oraya taşınmasını yasaklayan uluslararası hukuk ilkelerinin açık ihlalidir." değerlendirmesinde bulundu.

Ebu Gayt, Kudüs'ün hukuki statüsünü zedeleyecek adımlar atmayı düşünen ülkelerin, bu pozisyonlarını yeniden gözden geçirmesi ve bu adımın, Arap ülkeleriyle ilişkilerini nasıl etkileyeceğini etraflıca düşünmesi gerektiğini dile getirdi.

İsrail ve ABD resmi kaynaklarına göre, İsrail Başbakanı Binyamin Netanyahu, geçen çarşamba Brezilya'da ABD Dışişleri Bakanı Mike Pompeo ve Honduras Devlet Başkanı Juan Orlando Hernandez ile bir araya gelmiş ve Honduras'ın Tel Aviv Büyükelçiliğinin Kudüs'e taşınması konusunu görüşmüştü.

Şimdiye kadar ABD ve Guatemala büyükelçiliklerini Kudüs'e taşıdı. Paraguay da bu yönde karar almış ancak hükümet değişikliği üzerine karardan dönülmüştü.

Çetelerin tehditlerinden kaçıp göçmen kervanına katıldı

MEKSİKO (AA) – ALEJANDRO MELGOZA – Meksika'nın başkenti Meksiko'da, devletin, sivil toplum kuruluşları ve gönüllülerin desteğiyle oluşturduğu büyük sığınma merkezinde birkaç gün geçirdikten sonra bir kısmı ABD sınırına ulaşan Orta Amerikalı göçmen konvoyu zorlu yolculuğuna devam ediyor.

Göçmen konvoyundaki El Salvadorlu genç Maguin Alexander Quintanilla, çetelerden aldığı ölüm tehditleri nedeniyle çıktığı zorlu yolculuğu, memleketindeki hayat mücadelesini ve hayalini AA muhabirine anlattı.

Yanına sadece bir çanta ve birkaç dolar alarak 4 hafta önce memleketinden ayrılan Alexander, konvoya katılmadan önce, bir köyünde yaşadığı El Salvador'un Santa Isabel Ishuatan kentinde ekmek satarak geçimini sağladığını söyledi.

– Çeteler 20 gün süre verdi

Alexander, Orta Amerika ülkelerinde etkili olan MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha) ile M-18 (Barrio 18) çetelerinin, kendisinin yaşadığı köy ve çalıştığı kentte büyük bir güç mücadelesi içinde olduklarına işaret etti.

"Kazandığım 13 doların 10'unu haraç olarak istediler, reddedince de ölümle tehdit edip yaşadığım yeri terk etmem için 20 gün süre verdiler." diyen Alexander, çeteler tarafından telefonu gasbedilen ve yolculuğa birlikte çıktıkları kız kardeşinin de aynı tehditlere maruz kaldığını anlattı.

– Göçmen konvoyunu TV'de gördü

Çetelerden tehdit aldığı gün, televizyonda göçmen konvoyunu ve konvoya tek başına katılan bir çocuğu gördüğünü söyleyen Alexander, şöyle devam etti:

"O çocuğu görünce kervana katılmak için içim kıpır kıpır oldu. Anneme bunu söyledim fakat ailem karşı çıktı. Ben de 'Sürekli evde kalarak hayatımı devam ettiremem. Sizleri de ileriye taşıyacak bir şey yapmak zorundayım. Ben gurbette çalışırken sizin de burada benim çalışarak sağlayacağım destekle bir iş kurmanızı istiyorum' dedim."

El Salvador'da kalmış olması durumunda, "tüm ülkeyi saran bu şiddet ve fakirlik çemberinden" asla çıkamayacağından emin olduğunu vurgulayan Alexander, annesinin safra kesesindeki taşlar, babasının da beyin kanaması geçirmesi nedeniyle göçmen konvoyuna katılamadığını dile getirdi.

Alexander, "El Salvador'da iş var. Fakat çok az para veriyorlar. Sabah 5'ten gün ortasına kadar çalışıp 5 dolar kazanıyorsun ama yemek için 10 harcaman gerekiyor." dedi.

Köyündeki hayat şartlarının zorluğuna değinen Alexander, liseyi terk ederek çalışmaya başladığını söyledi.

Alexander, bazen hava şartlarının yetiştirdikleri mısırlara zarar verdiğini, böyle olunca da ailesi ile sadece fasulye ve yufka yemek zorunda kaldıklarını, işler iyi gittiğinde ise yalnızca yumurta alabildiklerini dile getirdi.

Bunun yanı sıra "şiddet ve yolsuzluğun vurduğu köyündeki ailelerin çoğunun" hayatlarının bu şekilde olduğuna işaret eden Alexander, ayrıca çocukluk arkadaşlarının çoğunun Las Maras'a katıldığını ya da başka yollarla bir şekilde suça bulaştığını anlattı.

Alexander, tüm bunların, yolculuk boyunca ayaklarında çıkan nasırları, derisinde oluşan yaraları, yıkanmadan geçen günleri, kirli elbiseleri giymek zorunda kalmasını ve yağmur altında aç karnına yürüdüğü saatleri unutturduğunu ifade etti.

Kaç kilometre yürüdüğünü ya da kaç şehirden geçtiğini bilmeyen ve yolculuğun büyük bölümünü iletişim araçları olmadan sürdüren Alexander, ailesine ise sadece cep telefonlarını ödünç kullandığı Meksikalılar sayesinde mesaj gönderebildiğinin söyledi.

– Motosiklet tamirhanesi açmak istiyor

"Geri dönecek hiçbir şeyim yok." dese de yolda bir ara göçmen konvoyundan ayrılmayı aklından geçirdiğini belirten El Salvadorlu Maguin Alexander Quintanilla sözlerini şöyle tamamladı:

"Toprakla çalışmanın yanında tesisatçılık, garsonluk, aşçı yamaklığı ve tamircilik yaptım. Birden fazla meslekte çalışabilirim. ABD'de motosiklet tamirhanesi açmak istiyorum."

Trump says up to 15,000 troops may be sent to border

By Michael Hernandez

WASHINGTON (AA) – U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he could send as many as 15,000 service members to the country’s border with Mexico as a migrant caravan makes its way through Mexico on its way to the U.S.

Trump continued to harden his stance on the caravan during remarks to reporters at the White House, saying he could send between 10,000 to 15,000 troops to the border as the group, which originated in Central America, heads north.

There are currently 2,100 National Guardsmen deployed to the U.S.'s southern border to assist immigration enforcement efforts. An additional 5,200 troops would be sent to reinforce efforts, the Pentagon said.

It identified an additional 2,000 that could be deployed, but it is unclear how the upper ceiling the president identified could be met.

Asked earlier Wednesday if the deployment is a political stunt, Defense Secretary James Mattis said "we don't do stunts in this department".

Trump has ramped up his anti-immigrant rhetoric ahead of next Tuesday's midterm elections, targeting specifically the caravan, which he claims is replete with criminals and terrorists. It is over 800 miles (1,287 kilometers) away from the U.S.

Trump denied criticism that he is fear mongering.

"Nobody is coming in. We're not allowing people to come in," he said. "Immigration is a very, very big and very dangerous — a really dangerous topic."

Trump has threatened to cut off foreign assistance to the three countries where most of the migrants in the caravan originated from — El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras — claiming authorities in the countries have not done enough to stop the migrant flow.

After initially saying the U.S. would cut off aid to the Central American countries, Trump appeared to walk back the threat by saying Washington is "thinking very seriously” about “immediately stopping aid to those countries, because, frankly, they're doing nothing for the American people”.

The countries have been hit hard by gang violence and economic woes, leading many of their residents to seek a better life in the U.S.

While Trump has sought to blame Democrats for undocumented immigration, such as the caravan, he has been unable to pass immigration reform legislation during his nearly two years in office despite Republicans holding the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Two immigration bills Trump backed failed in the legislature.

Trump has long promised to build a wall along the U.S.' southern border to thwart illegal immigration, initially vowing to have Mexico pay for it. But Mexico has staunchly refused the suggestion, forcing Trump to seek appropriations from Congress to fund the barrier.

He has yet to be able to fulfill his campaign pledge.

Migrant caravan weaves through Mexico amid US threats

By Alix Hardy

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AA) – A caravan of more than 7,000 migrants was slowly making its way through Mexico on Monday, two days after most of it illegally crossed the country’s southern border with Guatemala as America’s president pressured Central American countries to halt it.

After spending their second night in the town of Tapachula, the migrants took to the road once more under the sweltering sun to reach Huixtla, a town about 40 kilometers (25 miles) to the north in the Chiapas region.

The Red Cross, which was absent the previous day, was taking care of pregnant women on the trail. The caravan counts many women and children — a lot of them very young — whom their parents carry on their shoulders or in their arms.

“This is an exodus without precedent,” Ruben Figueroa, coordinator of the Mesoamerican Migrant Movement, told Anadolu Agency in the small border town of Ciudad Hidalgo.

The caravan mostly consists of Hondurans who are fleeing their violent and poverty-stricken country.

“I had to go for my son — to offer him a better life,” said 23-year-old Jessica Velasquez during the caravan’s haul to Tapachula as 2-year-old Santiago smiled. She said in Honduras, she and her husband could not afford to buy a house and had trouble renting a place as they couldn’t find work anymore.

“If you go to a hospital in Honduras, you will not find medication. We are not leaving because we want to, but because we need to,” 22-year-old Honduran mother Sindy Sandoval added.

She left her two children back in Honduras and plans to get a job in the U.S. to send money back home so that her younger siblings and her children can afford to go to school.

A lot of migrants fled because of the violent criminal groups that extort those with jobs.

“It’s called a ‘war tax’, and if you can’t pay it, you risk death,” said a Honduran migrant, who declined to give his name.

Numerous migrants also referred to President Juan Orlando Hernandez as being a factor of leaving.

“Since he came to power five years ago, things have worsened,” said Santiago’s grandfather, José.

The migrants were happy to be in Mexico, as it meant they were getting closer to their final goal — the United States. But many of them also said they were worried about Mexican authorities. Since the vast majority of them entered the country illegally, they risk being deported.

So far, local police have not tried to stop the caravan. During the walk from the border to Tapachula, police set up road blocks twice with hundreds of riot-control equipped officers, but they were lifted before the migrants got there.

The caravan arrived at the Guatemala-Mexico border Friday. After crossing a metal fence, thousands of migrants were stuck for more than 24 hours on the border bridge that crosses the Suchiate River, waiting for the Mexican border to open. When it did not, an increasing number of migrants decided to cross illegally using rafts. By Saturday night, only a thousand were left waiting on the bridge, while the others were on Mexican land, unauthorized.

Mexico’s National Institute of Migration said Sunday they had processed around a thousand asylum applications.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto reminded migrants Sunday that "going undocumented would make it extremely difficult to reach their goal, being reaching the U.S. or settling in Mexico".

“These caravans reveal the breaches in the migration policies of the countries they go through,” Figueroa told Anadolu Agency in Ciudad Hidalgo’s main square as migrants kept coming in from the muddy banks of the Suchiate River they had just crossed.

Another group of about a thousand Honduran migrants is making its way through Guatemala on foot towards the Mexican border, Guatemalan police confirmed Monday.

On Twitter, U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday he would “begin cutting off, or substantially reducing” the “massive” foreign aid that Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador receive from the U.S. as they “were not able to do the job” — a claim he had already made days prior and to which migrants in Tapachula only reacted to with disdain.

“If money is sent over to Honduras, then I’ve never seen the color of it in my life,” said Sindy Sandoval while resting with her family in the house of a Guatemalan woman before crossing the river on a raft hours later.

Conveniently reminding U.S. voters that midterm elections were coming up, Trump insisted the caravan, which is still some 2,500 kilometers (1,553 miles) away from the U.S.-Mexican border, was a “national emergency”.

“Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in,” he added, without providing evidence to support his statement.

It was a claim that numerous reporters covering the caravan dismissed as false.

"This caravan is not about one country. It's the reflection of what is happening in the region, and the crisis should be addressed regionally. It's not about borders," the Fifth General Visitor of the National Commission of Human Rights, Edgar Corzo Sosa, said in Tapachula.

Mexican President-elect Lopez Obrador, who will be sworn in on Dec. 1, has stated various times that he plans to offer migrants work visas. His incoming foreign affairs secretary, Marcelo Ebrard, said Monday that the future government would "considerably change its migration policies" as well as invest in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

UPDATE 2 – Trump: US to begin cutting aid to Central America

ADDS TRUMP DOUBLING DOWN ON 'MIDDLE EASTERNERS' COMMENTS IN GRAFS 10-11

By Michael Hernandez

WASHINGTON (AA) – Washington will begin cutting foreign assistance to three Central American countries plagued by violence and poverty over a migrant caravan winding its way towards America, U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday.

"Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S.," Trump said on Twitter.

In retaliation, Trump said, the U.S. "will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them." He previously threatened to take the action, but with Congress on recess until after next month's midterm elections it is unclear to what extent he can take such action.

The comments come as a migrant caravan makes its way north through Mexico bound for the U.S. border. It originated in Honduras, which along with Guatemala and El Salvador, has been hit hard by gang violence and economic woes.

All three of the countries underwent violent civil wars in the 1980's.

"Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States," Trump said.

"Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in," Trump added without providing evidence to support his claims. "I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergency. "

Responding to Trump's claim regarding people of Middle Eastern origin, outgoing Republican Senator Jeff Flake dismissed the suggestion as a "canard" and "fear tactic."

"These, for the most part, overwhelmingly are people who are either fleeing violence or looking for a better life," Flake, who has often been at odds with the president, said during an event hosted by CNN. "Obviously we can't accept everyone. We have to have border security. But it needs to be done in a thoughtful manner."

But Trump was unswayed during remarks to reporters at the White House, telling a journalist to go into the group and investigate.

"You're going to find MS-13," Trump said, referring to a notorious street gang that formed in Los Angeles, California. "You're going to find Middle Eastern. You’re going to find everything. And guess what? We’re not allowing them in our country. We want safety.”

Estimates on the size of the group of migrants seeking to come to the U.S. vary, ranging from 5,000 to over 7,000. Aerial images appear to depict a crowd stretching for miles.

Trump has focused his attention on the group repeatedly as the Nov. 6 midterm elections near, saying Monday that voters should "blame the Democrats," his political opponents, for undocumented migration.

"Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws! Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally," he said.

While Trump has sought to blame Democrats for undocumented immigration, such as the caravan, he has been unable to pass immigration reform legislation during his nearly two years in office despite Republicans holding the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Two immigration bills Trump backed failed in the legislature.

Trump has long promised to build a wall along the U.S.'s southern border to thwart illegal immigration, initially vowing to have Mexico pay for it. But the U.S.'s southern neighbor has staunchly refused the suggestion, forcing Trump to seek appropriations from Congress to fund the barrier.

He has yet to be able to fulfill his campaign pledge.

UPDATE – Trump: US to begin cutting aid to Central America

ADDS FLAKE COMMENTS IN GRAFS 8-9

By Michael Hernandez

WASHINGTON (AA) – Washington will begin cutting foreign assistance to three Central American countries plagued by violence and poverty over a migrant caravan winding its way towards America, U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday.

"Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S.," Trump said on Twitter.

In retaliation, Trump said, the U.S. "will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them." He previously threatened to take the action, but with Congress on recess until after next month's midterm elections it is unclear to what extent he can take such action.

The comments come as a migrant caravan makes its way north through Mexico bound for the U.S. border. It originated in Honduras, which along with Guatemala and El Salvador, has been hit hard by gang violence and economic woes.

All three of the countries underwent violent civil wars in the 1980's.

"Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States," Trump said.

"Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in," Trump added without providing evidence to support his claims. "I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergency. "

Responding to Trump's claim regarding people of Middle Eastern origin, outgoing Republican Senator Jeff Flake dismissed the suggestion as a "canard" and "fear tactic."

"These, for the most part, overwhelmingly are people who are either fleeing violence or looking for a better life," Flake, who has often been at odds with the president, said during an event hosted by CNN. "Obviously we can't accept everyone. We have to have border security. But it needs to be done in a thoughtful manner."

Estimates on the size of the group of migrants seeking to come to the U.S. vary, ranging from 5,000 to over 7,000. Aerial images appear to depict a crowd stretching for miles.

Trump has focused his attention on the group repeatedly as the Nov. 6 midterm elections near, saying Monday that voters should "blame the Democrats," his political opponents, for undocumented migration.

"Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws! Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally," he said.

While Trump has sought to blame Democrats for undocumented immigration, such as the caravan, he has been unable to pass immigration reform legislation during his nearly two years in office despite Republicans holding the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Two immigration bills Trump backed failed in the legislature.

Trump has long promised to build a wall along the U.S.'s southern border to thwart illegal immigration, initially vowing to have Mexico pay for it. But the U.S.'s southern neighbor has staunchly refused the suggestion, forcing Trump to seek appropriations from Congress to fund the barrier.

He has yet to be able to fulfill his campaign pledge.

Trump: US to begin cutting aid to Central America

By Michael Hernandez

WASHINGTON (AA) – Washington will begin cutting foreign assistance to three Central American countries plagued by violence and poverty over a migrant caravan winding its way towards America, U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday.

"Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S.," Trump said on Twitter.

In retaliation, Trump said, the U.S. "will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them." He previously threatened to take the action, but with Congress on recess until after next month's midterm elections it is unclear to what extent he can take such action.

The comments come as a migrant caravan makes its way north through Mexico bound for the U.S. border. It originated in Honduras, which along with Guatemala and El Salvador, has been hit hard by gang violence and economic woes.

All three of the countries underwent violent civil wars in the 1980's.

"Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States," Trump said.

"Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in," Trump added without providing evidence to support his claims. "I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergency. "

Estimates on the size of the group of migrants seeking to come to the U.S. vary, ranging from 5,000 to over 7,000. Aerial images appear to depict a crowd stretching for miles.

Trump has focused his attention on the group repeatedly as the Nov. 6 midterm elections near, saying Monday that voters should "blame the Democrats," his political opponents, for undocumented migration.

"Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws! Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally," he said.

While Trump has sought to blame Democrats for undocumented immigration, such as the caravan, he has been unable to pass immigration reform legislation during his nearly two years in office despite Republicans holding the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Two immigration bills Trump backed failed in the legislature.

Trump has long promised to build a wall along the U.S.'s southern border to thwart illegal immigration, initially vowing to have Mexico pay for it. But the U.S.'s southern neighbor has staunchly refused the suggestion, forcing Trump to seek appropriations from Congress to fund the barrier.

He has yet to be able to fulfill his campaign pledge.

Guatemala, Honduras ve El Salvador'a yardımı kesme açıklaması

NEW YORK (AA) – ABD Başkanı Donald Trump, Orta Amerika'dan ABD'ye ulaşmaya çalışan göçmenleri durduramadıkları için Guatemala, Honduras ve El Salvador'a dış yardımları kesmeye ya da büyük ölçüde azaltılmaya başlayacaklarını açıkladı.

Trump, Twitter hesabından yaptığı açıklamada, Meksika polisi ve ordusunun, ABD'nin güney sınırına gelen göçmenleri durduramadığını, bunun ulusal acil bir durum olduğunu ve sınırdaki devriyeleri harekete geçirdiğini belirtti.

Göçmeleri "suçlu ve kimliği belirsiz Ortadoğulular" olarak nitelendiren Trump, ABD'ye yasa dışı yollardan gelen veya gelmeye çalışan göçmenlerden, göçmen yasalarının değişmesine "izin vermeyen" Demokratların sorumlu tutulması gerektiğini ifade etti.

Trump, "Guatemala, Honduras ve El Salvador, göçmenlerin ülkelerini terk etmelerine ve ABD'ye yasa dışı yoldan gelmelerine engel olamadı. Biz de şimdi onlara rutin olarak verilen yabancı yardımları kesmeye ya da büyük ölçüde azaltmaya başlayacağız." değerlendirmesinde bulundu.

Orta Amerika'dan ABD'ye ulaşma ümidiyle yola çıkan binlerce göçmenin oluşturduğu konvoy, Meksika'nın Guatemala sınırına dayandı.

Suchiate Nehri'nde Meksika ile Guatemala'yı birbirine bağlayan köprü ve sınır kapısında toplanan, geceyi burada uyuyarak geçiren 3 binden fazla göçmenin ülkeye girişine izin verilmedi.

Bazı göçmenlerin tel örgüleri aşarak tarafsız bölgeye geçtiği ve Meksika güvenlik güçlerinin müdahalesiyle karşılaştığı bildirildi. Polis, taş atan göstericilere göz yaşartıcı gazla müdahale etti.

Honduraslı göçmenlerden bazıları da sallarla Meksika tarafına geçmek için Suchiate Nehri'ne atladı.

Meksikalı yetkililer, aralarında kadın, çocuk ve yaşlıların da bulunduğu göçmenlerden, geçerli belgeleri taşıyanların kurallara uygun biçimde ülkeye girişine izin verileceğini bildirmişti.