Trump sending 5200 troops to border to stop caravans of migrants

Why Do Migrants Travel in Groups? The Reason Is Simple – Safety

General Terrence O'Shaughnessy, the head of U.S. Northern Command, said 800 U.S. troops were already en route to the Texas border and more were headed to the borders in California and Arizona.

McAleenan said the aim of the operation was to deter migrants from crossing illegally, but he conceded his officers were overwhelmed by a surge of asylum seekers at border crossings.

Mr Trump, who has seized upon the Central American migrant caravan in campaign rallies ahead of the vote, said on Twitter that the military would be waiting for the procession - suggesting a far more direct role in confronting the migrants than United States defence officials have previously suggested.

Trump said the United States would build "tent cities" to house migrants seeking asylum, rather than releasing them while they await court decisions. They are still 2,000 miles by road and weeks away from reaching a U.S. port of entry, where most are expected to seek asylum as the law allows.

"Our Military is waiting for you!" he tweeted.

About 5,200 soldiers will be sent to three border areas this week.

It was not clear whether the man was injured during clashes with Guatemalan police in Tecun Uman or with Mexican police when the migrants were crossing the Rodolfo Robles bridge connecting the two countries.

And with the upcoming U.S. midterm elections, Mr Trump has again turned his attention towards immigration in an attempt to boost support for his Republican party.

The announcement during a Fox News interview came as the Pentagon announced it was deploying 5,200 active-duty troops to beef up security, and follows weeks of heated anti-migrant rhetoric from the president ahead of crucial midterm congressional elections next week.

Mattis' authorization last week allowed the military to provide "mission-enhancing capabilities" to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to help build temporary barriers and housing.

Outgoing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto had announced his "You are at home" plan, which offers "shelter, medical attention, schooling and jobs to Central Americans in Chiapas and Oaxaca states if migrants apply, calling it a first step toward permanent refugee status. 'Our destiny is to get to the border, ' she said".

Children of migrants wait for a ride near Tapanatepec, Mexico, as their caravan continues toward the US border, October 29, 2018.

But news reports quote unnamed USA officials as saying the White House is weighing a range of administrative and legal actions on grounds of national security to restrict the ability of migrants to seek asylum.

Drake added: "Sending active military forces to our southern border is not only a huge waste of taxpayer money, but an unnecessary course of action that will further terrorize and militarize our border communities".

A 26-year-old caravan rider was killed after being struck with a rubber bullet, something Mexican officials say was not their fault. "Military personnel are legally prohibited from engaging in immigration enforcement, and there is no emergency or cost-benefit analysis to justify this sudden deployment".

The projected USA deployment is already roughly the same size as the US military contingent in Iraq. He would not say if terrorists were among the migrants, but told reporters that the caravan has differentiated itself from previous groups because of its level of organization.

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