Stories by Stef W. Kight

The big picture: Caravan of Honduran immigrants advances into Mexico

Hondurans in caravan jump the gate to Mexico
Honduran migrants climb the gate of the Guatemala-Mexico international border bridge. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP via Getty Images

Honduran immigrants in the caravan of about 4,000 people heading toward the U.S. tore down a border gate between Guatemala and Mexico on Friday afternoon, the AP reports. A small group crossed into Mexico Thursday night.

The big picture: President Trump has threatened to cut off federal aid for countries such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, reevaluate his proposed trade deal with Mexico and even "close our southern border" in response to the caravan. Mexico has sent additional police to the border and requested that the UN set up a migrant processing center on the border, according to the Washington Post.

Televangelist defends Saudi arms deals: "not something you want to blow up"

An old photograph of Pat Robertson speaking at a podium with a sign that says "Christian Coalition" underneath it
Pat Robertson, 1994. Photo: Wally McNamee/Corbis via Getty Images

Pat Robertson, a prominent evangelical, defended the U.S.'s relationship with Saudi Arabia in an appearance on "The 700 Club," calling the Saudis "key allies."

"We’ve got an arms deal that everybody wanted a piece of… it’ll be a lot of jobs, a lot of money come to our coffers. It’s not something you want to blow up willy-nilly."

Why it matters: His support comes in the wake of reports that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi had been brutally murdered at the hands of the Saudis. Many companies have been backing away from doing business with Saudi Arabia citing the alleged incident and subsequent investigation.

Trump's border crisis is back

Illustration of yield signs showing running kids
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

President Trump's signature issue is back in the spotlight less than three weeks before Election Day, with surging arrests at the border and a high-profile caravan on the way from Honduras.

Why it matters: The Trump administration's severe measures to deter border crossings don't appear to be working.