Migrant caravan: I didn't say shoot, says Trump

Migrant caravan: I didn't say shoot, says Trump

The blunt criticism of the mission to block what Trump contends is a threatening caravan of migrants encouraged by Democrats reflects the strain that his unusual presidency has put on one of America's most important norms: the tradition of an apolitical military. Another contingent splintered off by hitchhiking rides and walking to Tierra Blanca, Veracruz, which lies about 128 kilometres to the north.

Mexico has said 2,800 to 3,000 people are in the caravan, which left Honduras in mid-October, although many are expected to drop off before reaching the USA border.

Mr Trump, whose core supporters back a tough line on immigration, also repeated his claim that a caravan of Central American migrants heading to the US-Mexico border is "like an invasion".

On Friday, another caravan - this time from El Salvador - waded over the Suchiate River into Mexico, bringing 1,000 to 1,500 people who want to reach the US border. But many migrants are unaware of that guidance, and official border crossings have grown increasingly clogged. Although the President referenced such a policy in his speech, he offered no defense of how such a plan, once finalized, could be legal, given laws presently allowing migrants the right to claim asylum once they are on American soil.

He went on to clarify how he phrased it to the military: "I told them: 'consider it a rifle.'" Let's hope that the military of a country founded by immigrants shows some restraint.

But there could very well be, ' Trump said. Their determination to journey some 2,000 miles, despite the bad suffering and complete lack of money or resources, is what also has inspired many in Mexico to come to their aid. Some threw rocks and glass bottles and local first responders told Reuters that 26-year-old Henry Adalid was killed by a rubber bullet. "What I don't want is I don't want these people throwing rocks", Trump told reporters outside the White House.

"The U.S. military personnel that are going have very clear guidance that we've given them", he told reporters on October 30.

Mexico is now faced with the unprecedented situation of having three caravans stretched out over 300 miles (500 kilometers) of highways in the states of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Veracruz, with a total of more than 6,000 migrants.

The caravan, now some 5,000 people, set off from Honduras several weeks ago. That group includes Hondurans, Salvadorans and some Guatemalans.

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"This caravan, this group of poor people, including a lot of women and children, doesn't pose a threat not a national security threat".

In August 2017, the Trump administration announced it shut down the Central American Minors (Cam) program, which allowed people lawfully in the U.S. to apply for refugee resettlement or temporary immigration status for their children or other eligible family members.

Immigration agents and police have been nibbling at the edges of the two caravans farthest ahead.

But federal police began pulling freight trucks over and forcing migrants off, saying their habit of clinging to the tops or sides of the trucks was risky.

Yes, many of them will be, mainly for self-protection. The deployment appears to be the largest such peacetime mobilization of active-duty US troops at the border in at least a century.

Also this week, Trump said he would send more than 5,000 additional active duty troops to the USA border with Mexico to block a caravan of several thousand migrants and said he might send thousands more troops.

Trump said his administration is finalizing an executive action that would limit asylum claims to legal ports of entry, claiming migrants frequently abuse the system by fabricating their need for asylum.

Military police at the border will be armed, although they will have non-lethal options for dealing with unexpected conflict. "They're full citizens, and it's costing us many, many billions of dollars a year".

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