Trump to announce border crackdown Tuesday

Migrants part of a caravan of thousands from Central America en route to the United States

Thousands of Central American migrants have vowed to head for the US border early on Saturday morning, rejecting an offer to apply for refugee status in Mexico with the contingency that they stayed in the country's two southernmost states.

The Friday event comes as a migrant caravan of several thousand Central Americans makes its way across Mexico toward the US, prompting the administration to prepare to send troops to the southern border.

The latest moves were seen by both supporters and opponents as an escalation of the administration's confrontational stance on immigration, striking political and legal nerves around the country.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said the troops would be used mainly to provide logistical support including tents, vehicles, and equipment.

Police have also been ejecting paid migrant passengers off buses, enforcing an obscure road insurance regulation to make it tougher for them to travel that way.

"And, if the people who are fleeing persecution and violence enter Mexico, they need to be provided access to the Mexican asylum system and those entering the United States need to be provided access to the American asylum system", he said.

Furthermore, Trump alerted border patrol and military personnel by calling the situation a national emergency. A lot of them are citizens of Honduras.

The statement also did not clarify when the troops would begin deploying, though officials indicated some forces could be shipped to the southern border as early as next week.

There were already about 2,000 National Guard troops there under a previous Pentagon arrangement.

The Mexican government seems to be in limbo, trying to decide whether or not they should help the caravan's travelers press on or stop them from heading towards the United States. Police boarded buses and headed further down the highway, while migrants cheered and vowed to trek all the way to the USA border.

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis signed off on the request for help from the Department of Homeland Security and authorised the military staff to work out details such as the size, composition and estimated cost of the deployments, according to a United States official.

"We are nervous, but happy, because - so many days waiting", said 22-year-old Maria Yuliza Soreque, whose turn came on Tuesday to enter the USA after she, her mother and two-year-old daughter had been in the city for five weeks.

"Not only do I have no reason to believe that story, but everyone that I've asked including all involved assure me that did not occur", Nielsen said. They are operating under the control of state governors from Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California.

When asked about her discussions about her performance and border security with the President, Nielsen said she talks with him often and "everything is on the table" to address immigration issues.

It was not immediately clear if the new deployment would be comprised of active-duty troops or additional Guardsmen.

The 1878 Posse Comitatus Act bars the use of American military personnel for civilian law enforcement efforts on USA soil, outside military installations.

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