Trump says he may send 15000 troops to US-Mexico border

Central American migrants are moving through southern Mexico in a second US-bound caravan

Central American migrants are moving through southern Mexico in a second US-bound caravan

The Trump administration plans to deploy 5,200 active duty troops, double the 2,000 who are in Syria fighting the Islamic State group, to the border. The caravan of migrants and asylum seekers has become a virtual obsession of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has railed against it in tweets and at rallies over the past two weeks.

This smaller group is similar to the first migrant caravan, which infuriated US President Donald Trump and fuelled his anti-immigration message ahead of the midterm elections.

President Donald Trump is preparing to announce a change in asylum rules Thursday from the White House, multiple sources tell CNN, as he seeks to use a group of Central American migrants heading for the U.S. border as part of his closing argument to voters ahead of the midterms.

Around 3 a.m. Thursday morning, the lead caravan, according to the Associated Press, hit the road from Juchitan in southern Mexico for a trek to Santa Maria Jalapa del Marques, about 35 miles to the west. Rights organisations decried the earlier announcement, describing it as an abuse of the military to "further [the president's] anti-immigrant agenda of fear and division".

Mr. Trump's comments came as he departed the White House for a six-day, eight-state campaign trip to bolster support for GOP candidates in the upcoming midterm elections.

Thousands of Central American migrants resumed their slow trek through southern Mexico on Thursday, as immigration agents and police nibbled at the edges of the two caravans now in the country. The group is approximately 900 miles from the border. They also stopped some overloaded pickup trucks carrying migrants and forced them to get off.

A federal official who was not authorized to be quoted by name said 153 migrants in the second caravan were detained Wednesday during highway inspections in the southern state of Chiapas, a short distance from the Guatemalan border.




When asked on Thursday if troops would use force on migrants and refugees, Trump said if individuals are throwing rocks, they would be treated as if they have firearms.

The Department of Defense says the number of troops deployed could change at any time, potentially on a daily basis.

He said any migrants seeking asylum will have to present themselves at a point of entry and warned that anybody breaking the law with "meritless claims" will be held.

Later Wednesday, Trump told ABC News, "We have to have a wall of people".

Altogether, the four caravans represent just a few days' worth of the average flow of migrants to the United States in recent years. 1,800 of those military members will be sent to Texas, with another 1,700 to be sent to Arizona and 1,500 sent to California. On Monday, officials announced that about 5,200 were being deployed.

"As far as the caravan is concerned, our military is out". The 53-second spot includes expletives uttered by Bracamontes during his trial as he professed regret at not killing more officials. Mr. Trump on Wednesday said he will send up to 15,000 troops to the border, he has threatened to end aid to some Central American countries, and in an interview that Axios aired Tuesday, he said he intends to end birthright citizenship by executive order.

The video includes scenes of migrants moving toward the US and asks ominously, "Who else would Democrats let in?" That ad depicted a mug shot of an African-American felon named Willie Horton, a convicted murderer, who was let out under a weekend furlough program supported by his Democratic opponent, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.

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