Immigrant rights groups slammed President Donald Trump on Monday after he ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to turn away several dozen immigrants who were approaching the U.S.-Mexico border, after they’d spent weeks traveling from Central America.

Trump has characterized the people traveling to the border as drug traffickers and criminals and in recent weeks has singled out this particular caravan as the latest reason to build a border wall. Refugee advocates have stressed that the caravan includes men, woman, and children who are seeking asylum after fleeing violence in their home countries, such as Honduras, where unrest has followed last November’s election of conservative President Juan Orlando Hernandez.

“The biggest flaw in Trump’s thinking is that there is nothing illegal or improper about people in fear for their lives asking for protection,” Adam Isacson of the Washington Office on Latin America told Newsweek. “But Trump sees gang members, criminals, people trying to take jobs illegally—to be frank, he sees nonwhite people. He’s not seeing people fleeing violence.”

On Monday, Trump tweeted that he had ordered DHS to refuse entry for the migrants and added that he may demand that Mexico turn Central American asylum-seekers away at their border.

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