Honduran migrant caravan Trump called to be stopped grows to 4,000

Honduran migrant caravan Trump called to be stopped grows to 4,000

A caravan of migrants escaping Honduras has grown to as many as 4,000 parents and children, prompting Mexican authorities to send additional police to the country's border with Guatemala, according to U.S. government documents reported by NBC News.

NBC reports that the caravan, which includes a significant number of migrant children with and without their parents' accompaniment, split into two groups as it attempts to pass through Mexico on its way to the United States.

The U.S. State Department is reportedly compelling Mexican authorities to stop the caravan before it reaches the U.S.–Mexico border by pressuring the Mexican government to stop the Honduran migrants at its border with Guatemala. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama puts out call for service on MLK Day: ‘Make a positive impact on the world’ Senate GOP eyes 'nuclear option' for Trump nominees next week Can NATO survive two more years of Donald Trump? MORE has frequently criticized Mexican officials for not doing more to stop migrant groups traveling through Central America to reach the U.S. border.

On Tuesday, Trump threatened to cut off U.S. aid to Honduras if the migrant caravan is not stopped and turned around by Honduran authorities.

"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.

News of the caravan's travel comes shortly after The Washington Post reported that the White House is considering a change in policy that could result in immigrant parents again being separated from their children at the border.

"We’re going to do whatever we can do to get it slowed down," Trump told reporters on Saturday. "If they feel there will be separation, they don’t come."

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo: US 'absolutely not' getting out of the Middle East Pompeo taking meeting about running for Kansas Senate seat: report Ex-US envoy in ISIS fight: 'There's no plan for what's coming' after US troop withdrawal in Syria MORE will meet with Mexican officials on Friday, during which the possibility of stopping the caravan will reportedly be discussed, according to a senior U.S. official.

"I am certain that there will be conversations in Mexico about how we can work together on this issue," the official told NBC News. "We are certainly looking for concrete results and for solutions that work for both countries."