Donald Trump rehashes 'rape' claims about Mexicans and immigration

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On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted this: "The Caravan is largely broken up thanks to the strong immigration laws of Mexico and their willingness to use them so as not to cause a giant scene at our Border".

The first People Without Borders caravan was organized in 2010 in the wake of the kidnapping and killing of more than 70 undocumented Central American migrants by members of a Mexican drug cartel. The US president ordered thousands of National Guardsmen to secure the border and threatened to ax what he called Mexico's "cash cow", the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), if the Mexican authorities did not stop the migrants.

Since Sunday, Trump has been verbally attacking Mexican immigration to the USA, border security and a caravan event, which is an annual campaign to highlight migrants' rights and help them seek asylum. Crime in Honduras was so bad that she chose to embark on the hard a journey across several global borders with two young asthmatic sons, the younger of whom is now sick and on antibiotics.

The volunteers are also seeing a lot of people with stomach ailments, which he attributed less to drinking bad water than to eating Mexican food.

This apparent contradiction between accounts raises a question: Are the caravan's marchers or organizers shifting their story about wanting to go to the United States because of the media spotlight that has been placed upon them, or were previous reports about their intentions and objective incorrect?

"When we saw the numbers, we were shocked", said Irineo Mujica, a Mexican-American activist who is helping organize the trek.

Meanwhile, 10-year-old Anderson Cobach Zacarias is on a thin mattress, and he doesn't care. The group includes women, children and men. They too are lying on dirty mattress and blankets strewn on the floor inside a large room of a church in Puebla.

The response came hours after U.S. President Donald Trump signed a decree to immediately deploy the National Guard to patrol the 3,200-km border the two countries share.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley clarified and told reporters that Trump wasn't talking about the caravan but rather about extreme victimization of those making the journey north with smugglers in general. Many said they were comfortable remaining in Mexico. More than 20 people were killed in post-election protests, and Honduras has always been risky for activists.

The caravan, under pressure from Mexico, is ending next week in Mexico City.

He echoed those comments on Thursday when he said, "They're not sending their good ones" in reference to people who immigrate to the United States using the diversity lottery program, which is only available to people born in countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S.