According to a report from MSNBC, the caravan of migrants heading from Honduras to the U.S. border has increased in size and broken into two segments after President Donald Trump threatened to cut aid to the violence-plagued country.
Here's what happened
The caravan initially began with about 1,000 migrants from Honduras on Saturday, but has since grown in size, especially after it crossed into Guatemala.
The MSNBC report says the caravan has grown to 4,000 migrants, and has consequently broken into two partitions.
This is despite the threat from Trump that he would cut aid to Honduras unless they stopped the caravan from arriving at the U.S. border.
"The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to the U.S. is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately!" the president tweeted on Tuesday.
The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to th… https://t.co/2m5jEZroOD— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1539695104.0
After his threat, it was reported that a leader of the caravan was detained and readied for deportation back to Honduras by Guatemalan police. The caravan was also stopped briefly by riot police at the border between Guatamala and Honduras, but they relented and let it through.
According to MSNBC, documents obtained show that the Mexican government has sent 500 federal police to their border with Guatemala in anticipation of their arrival.
The president tweeted Wednesday about the caravan again, this time tying it to Democrats and the midterm elections.
"Hard to believe that with thousands of people from South of the Border, walking unimpeded toward our country in the form of large Caravans, that the Democrats won’t approve legislation that will allow laws for the protection of our country," he tweeted. "Great Midterm issue for Republicans!"
Hard to believe that with thousands of people from South of the Border, walking unimpeded toward our country in the… https://t.co/jsMSFMVfnJ— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1539783933.0
"Republicans must make the horrendous, weak and outdated immigration laws, and the Border, a part of the Midterms!" he added in a second tweet.
Here's the latest about the migrant caravan: