Migration over US-Mexico border 'reaching a moment of crisis': Mike Pompeo

AFP Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico Oct 19, 2018, 10.33 PM(IST)

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photograph:( Reuters )

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday illegal migration across the US-Mexican border is near crisis levels, as a caravan of Honduran migrants prepared to enter Mexico bound for the United States.

"President (Donald) Trump's been clear about the largest issue we face today. We are quickly reaching a point which appears to be a moment of crisis: record numbers of migrants," Pompeo told his Mexican counterpart, Luis Videgaray, during a visit to Mexico City.

Pompeo's trip to Central America and Mexico came as a caravan of thousands of Honduran migrants prepared to cross Mexico's southern border with Guatemala on their northbound journey, drawing warnings from Trump that he would cut aid to the region, deploy the military and close the US-Mexican border if authorities did not stop them.