Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that the U.S. is quickly approaching a “moment of crisis” when it comes to immigration.
Speaking at a press conference in Mexico City alongside his counterpart, Mexican foreign secretary Luis Videgaray Caso, Pompeo stressed the need to address the influx of immigrants to both countries.
“We are quickly reaching a point which appears to be a moment of crisis,” he said.
A caravan of about 4,000 Honduran immigrants, including children and fragments of families, reached the southern Mexican border on Friday, prompting the Mexican government to request humanitarian aid from the United Nations to help address the asylum seekers.
“We are deeply aware that the way that Mexico will handle this is your sovereign decision,” the secretary of state said. “Mexico will make its decision — its leaders and its people will decide the best way to achieve what I believe are shared objectives” such as “stopping this flow before it reaches the U.S. border.”
“It’s a challenge that Mexico is facing, and that’s how I expressed it to Secretary Pompeo,” Videgaray said.
Pompeo also stressed the importance of reforming American immigration law, saying that, “If we get it right, we will improve the relationship between our two countries materially.”
President Trump has threatened to cut aid to Central American countries and send the U.S. military to America’s southern border to stop the group of migrants if Mexico would not step in, but no troops have yet been deployed.
After Mexican police dispatched more officers to the Mexico–Guatemala border to handle the caravan, Trump expressed his appreciation on Twitter.
Thank you Mexico, we look forward to working with you! https://t.co/wf7sE0DHFT
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2018