On Sunday, a new group of immigrants set off from El Salvador toward the US in the wake of thousands of other immigrants from Central American nations who have taken similar journeys to try to escape from violence and poverty over the last few weeks.
President Donald Trump and the Republican Party has seized on the issue of immigration as they attempt to maintain control of Congress ahead of next week’s midterm elections. On Fox News Sunday, Kirstjen Nielsen, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said that the President was intent on using every authority he has to prevent the immigrants from illegally crossing the border into the US.
Trump has suggested completely closing the US border with Mexico, and the Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis, has authorized the use of troops and military resources. Dozens of the immigrants from El Salvador had arrived at the Guatemalan border by Sunday afternoon.