UPDATED 10:50 AM PT — Sat. Oct. 20, 2018
President Trump ramps up the pressure to halt the migrant caravan making its way to the U.S. border.
During a press briefing in Arizona on Friday, the President reminded reporters the groups are not “little angels” but rather “hardened criminals.”
President Trump recently pushed Guatemala and Mexico to strengthen their borders in an effort to stop the migrants from entering the U.S., but said those efforts failed.
This comes amid reports Honduran officials are sending authorities to their border in an effort to repatriate the group of migrants.
Meanwhile, Border Patrol agents in Arizona are overwhelmed as large groups of Central American migrants continue to arrive at the southern border ahead of the migrant caravan.
Hundreds of people, who are waiting for court dates, are being released as border officials say they don’t have the capacity to hold all of the migrant families.
According to reports, more than 1,400 migrants have been left behind by smugglers in the desert across the Arizona-Mexico border.
In response, Republican Senator Jon Kyl has asked the Department of Homeland Security to help find ways to deal with the wave of migrants in the region.
President Trump has threatened to halt aid to Central American countries if they don’t do something to stop the caravan.