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Trump threatens to send army to US-Mexico border in migrant row

The caravan of Honduran migrants has turned around Friday - a day after reaching the Mexico-Guatemala border, according to a report.

In a series of tweets, Trump said that if Mexico is incapable of stopping the immigrants, he will "call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!" "Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border", Trump wrote, referring to the newest trade deal known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

The news comes as families entering the U.S. illegally have reached a record high, prompting a demand from President Donald Trump that Central American countries and Mexico take steps to correct the situation immediately. In April, the president did deploy the National Guard to assist at the border, a move previously done by both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.

Mexico says it will ask the United Nations refugee office for help with the arrival of several thousand Honduran migrants at its southern border.

Vigil said he believes Trump is partly to blame for the recent exodus from Honduras because of USA involvement in the country's contested presidential election previous year.

And the president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has pledged to issue work visas for Central Americans in a bid to retain workers in the area rather than seeing them moving to the US.

Central American migrants hiked from Honduras through muddy jungle and residential streets, some toting babies along with backpacks, Reuters images show.

Meanwhile, the rafts that normally ferry throngs of people across the river were carrying mostly merchandise and the raft operators said they had been warned by Mexican authorities not to carry people.

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In recent years, Mexico has deported more Central American immigrants than the United States.

Some have said they are fleeing violence and poverty in Honduras, where human rights activists have complained of constant human rights violations.

Mexico says people arriving at the border will be able to apply for refugee status, and has asked for help from the United Nations refugee agency. López Obrador, the president-elect, will take over December 1. "If they advance, we close [the doors]", a federal police officer told a group of 30 police agents at the border crossing Thursday afternoon.

It remains unclear how many migrants were able to successfully enter Mexico by force.

19 that the caravan turned back when it got to the Mexico-Guatemala border.

"(Criminals) have infrastructure that is built up already and are put into place inside the caravans", he said.

Trump has long touted a need for increased border security, warning criminals and drugs were regularly pouring across the southern border.

"It was predictable and also the election process is very close, so he is making a political calculation", he added.

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