US midterm polls 2018: Immigration becomes a key issue

Updated: Nov 01, 2018, 04:56 PM(IST)

US voters are just four-days away from casting the ballot in the mid-term elections and just like it was in 2016, this time as well Immigration issue is a big driver for Republican voters.  Recent sensationalism over caravans of migrants heading towards the Mexican-American border has also put this on a full display. (Picture courtesy: Reuters)

New migrant caravan departs El Salvador for US

About 2,000 migrants set off on foot from El Salvador's capital on Wednesday, the latest of several groups of Central Americans heading to the United States, even as US President Donald Trump increased pressure to halt their flow.


Group of men, women and children on strollers

Men and women from the two groups of Salvadorans that departed San Salvador pushed baby strollers or bore children on their shoulders. On Sunday, a separate group of about 300 people set off from the city.


'Larger-than-expected deployment'

Central American migrants walk along the highway near of Ciudad Hidalgo after crossing to Mexico from Guatemala willing to reach the US.

The United States had said that it will send over 5,200 troops to help secure the border with Mexico, a far larger-than-expected deployment as President Donald Trump hardens his stance on immigration.


Honduran migrants

Honduran migrants, part of a caravan trying to reach the US, hold up a child in a stroller as they gather at the Guatemalan border to cross into Mexico, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala.

Trump railed against illegal immigration to win the 2016 US presidential election and has seized on the caravan of Central American migrants at campaign rallies in the run-up to next week's vote, firing up support for his Republican Party.


Thousand 'hitchhike' to US

Migrants, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America en route to the United States, hitchhike on a truck along the highway to Santiago Niltepec from San Pedro Tapanatepec.


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