UPDATED 1:15 PM PT — Fri. Oct. 19, 2018
Thousands of illegal immigrants from Central America have breached the Guatemalan border with Mexico and are pushing toward the United States. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling it a “moment of crisis.”
The secretary of state met with his Mexican counterpart in Mexico City Friday. While the pair discussed trade, the topic of the migrant caravan dominated their press conference.
Pompeo reiterated that President Trump has made it clear there will be military action if that caravan is allowed to pass into the U.S.
He also said the problem the U.S. faces at the southern border challenges American sovereignty.
“We are quickly reaching a point which appears to be a moment of crisis,” stated Pompeo. “Foreign Secretary Videgray and I spoke about the importance of stopping this flow before it reaches the U.S. border — we are deeply aware that the way Mexico will handle this is your sovereign decision.”
Meanwhile, Mexico has called on the United Nations to intervene and is asking for humanitarian assistance to address the situation.