Mexican President Blasts Trump's Rhetoric About Southern Border


Migrants in a caravan that drew criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump began packing up their meager possessions and boarding buses to Mexico City and the nearby city of Puebla on Thursday. "Everybody said, 'Oh, he was so tough, ' and I used the word rape", Trump boasted.

Buzzfeed News, which first reported the caravan's movements last week, reported on Tuesday that organizers said the caravan would travel to Mexico City, where only those with valid asylum claims in Mexico or the USA would continue moving north to the border.

The caravan itself never meant to reach the USA border. "They don't want to mention that".

This time, it was not clear whether Trump's reference to "this journey coming up" suggested a record number of rapes in the highly-publicized caravan of Central American immigrants making its way north through Mexico or in migrants' trips through that country generally. "He was taking forever", said one of the men who helped him, telling AFP he has seen people scale the six-meter (20-foot) wall in one minute flat.

They travel in groups because it is easier to make it through immigration.

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"If you have a baby on our land, congratulations, that baby is a United States citizen", Trump lamented. Previously Trump claimed Democrats were the reason the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program deal is dead.

Trump, clearly reminiscing his "finest" moments, also went back to his favorite conspiracy theory, claiming "millions and millions of people" voted illegally in California in 2016. They always like to say that's a conspiracy theory.

He added: "They're sending people that have a lot of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us".

Meanwhile, the caravan of Central American immigrants aiming to reach the United States seeking asylum and refugee status chose to stop halfway their journey due to pressure from both the US and Mexican authorities, announcing a change in their strategy.

"The Foreign Relations department called in the ambassador yesterday, which is diplomatic mechanism we have, to cite concrete cases where there supposedly had been rapes of Hondurans, given that is part of an aggressive rhetoric, and express very clearly the rejection of that", said Navarrete Prida. "We will act only in the best interest of Mexican".