Trump may send 15000 troops to US-Mexico border

Trump may send 15000 troops to US-Mexico border

Trump may send 15000 troops to US-Mexico border

President Trump announced Thursday that, in response to what he called the "crisis at our southern border" and a surge of fraudulent asylum claims, his administration would require asylum-seekers to "lawfully present themselves" at a port of entry.

Yesterday, Mr Trump also doubled down on his proposal to remove a right for the children of illegal migrants born on American soil to get USA citizenship, saying it was "very unfair to our citizens".

Air Force Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, head of U.S. Northern Command, said this week that "everything that we are doing is in line with and adherence to Posse Comitatus", a congressional act dating back to the 1800s that prohibits the military from participating in domestic law-enforcement activities. "Those who choose to break our laws and enter illegally will no longer be able to use meritless claims to gain automatic admission into our country".

Some migrants in one of the caravans clashed with Mexican police at the Mexico-Guatemala border, hurling stones and other objects as they tried to cross the worldwide bridge.

President Donald Trump further hardened his pre-election anti-immigration rhetoric in a Florida campaign stop on Wednesday, after threatening to deploy as many as 15 000 soldiers on the Mexican border - equal to the size of the U.S. contingent in Afghanistan.

Migrants we spoke with in Mexico insist that MS-13 and other gang violence, extreme poverty and lack of job opportunities are exactly what compelled them to leave Honduras.

An estimated 5,200 U.S. Army troops have been dispatched to the U.S. -Mexico border, with orders to assist the Border Patrol when the caravan reaches the border in coming weeks. "This is an invasion".

Last week officials indicated 800 to 1,000 troops might be sent. He promised an executive order sometime next week that would ban migrants from claiming asylum if they cross the border illegally, and would set up vast tent cities that would hold anyone coming over the border.

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They will not, however, confront any migrants who attempt to enter the United States. Illegal aliens from Central America are required to be released after 20 days in detention if they are traveling with children.

Speaking to reporters before leaving the White House for a campaign rally in Florida, Trump compared his plan to act by executive order to President Barack Obama's much-maligned decision to use executive action to provide protections from prosecution and a path to work status for some people brought to the US illegally as children.

Asked if he envisions United States troops firing upon anyone in the groups of migrants, Trump told reporters at the White House: "I hope not, I hope not - but it's the military".

As Dale pointed out: "He's saying, obviously, that he wants rock-throwers shot".

"Anybody throwing stones, rocks. we will consider that a firearm because there's not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock".

An estimated 4,000 Central American migrants in a caravan have been walking across Mexico toward the USA border.

The president has sought to make the migrant group and immigration a campaign issue in next Tuesday's midterm elections to motivate his base to support Republican candidates in races that could change the balance of power in Congress. "I think it says it very loud and clear in the Constitution that you don't have to go through the process of whatever they're talking about".

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