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‘Showdown on Mexico-US border looks inevitable’ as migrant caravan moves north

Thousands of migrants have now reached Mexico City, where they will rest before continuing their long march north to the United States in search of a better life.

US President Donald Trump has made the caravan a central theme in his campaign for the midterm elections, stoking fear over the migrants and pledging to send as many as 15,000 troops to the border with Mexico to halt their advance. As of Monday, an estimated 4,800 soldiers had been deployed, according to the Pentagon.

Trump’s threats have done little to deter the migrants, many of whom are fleeing poverty and violence in countries such as Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. “There are people who go days without eating,” Melissa, who is travelling with the migrant caravan, said of living conditions in her home country of Honduras.

The caravan’s steady progress have stirred fears of a showdown once it reaches the Mexico-US border, where Trump has said there will be a zero-tolerance policy.

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