Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Trump sending 5200 troops to border to stop caravans of migrants

Trump sending 5200 troops to border to stop caravans of migrants

President Trump previously said that the number of military troops deployed to the U.S.

"The president has made it clear that border security is national security", O'Shaughnessy said, as he detailed a much larger deployment that the 800 to 1,000 troops predicted by US officials last week.

Navarrete said some of the attackers carried guns and firebombs."Mexico does not criminalize undocumented immigration", he said.Also on Sunday, about 300 Salvadorans departed from San Salvador hoping to make their way to the U.S.as a group.Meanwhile, some of the migrants in the initial caravan, now estimated at 4,000 people, rested Sunday in the shade of tarps strung across the town plaza or picked up trash in Tapanatepec, population 7,500.

US President Donald Trump, eager to keep voters trained on immigration in the lead-up to the midterm elections, stepped up his dire warnings about the caravans, yesterday tweeting, "This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!"

Additionally, officials were monitoring another group of about 3,000 people that had gathered at a border crossing between Guatemala and Mexico. So said General Terrence O'Shaughnessy during a joint Defense Department and Customs and Border Protection press briefing Monday.

But Mexican officials seem intent only on seeing the caravan melt away as it travels toward the United States border.

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

"We're going to put tents up all over the place".

"If they apply for asylum, we are going to hold them until such time as their trial takes place".

The deployments thrust the military further into a political fight in which the president increasingly has sought to cast the migrants as a national security threat in the days leading up to the November 6 midterm elections.

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The Wall Street Journal was the first to report that the planned deployment, first announced late last week, was likely to be much larger than the preliminary figures of 800 to 1,000 troops.

The troops will join the more than 2,000 National Guardsmen that Trump has already deployed to the border.

Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday that "we'll go up to anywhere between 10 and 15,000 military personnel on top of Border Patrol, ICE and everybody else at the border".

"If you wanna wait, they don't usually get asylum".

"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", said Shaw Drake of the American Civil Liberties Union's border rights center at El Paso, Texas.

Trump says that the US was "going to be prepared" and that the migrants are "not coming into our country".

Advanced helicopters will enable border protection agents to swoop down on migrants, he said.

The caravan remains at least 900 miles from USA territory, so its arrival is not imminent.

The projected US deployment is already roughly the same size as the USA military contingent in Iraq.

The US President said that those illegal immigrants who enter the United States and request for asylum will not be released as long as their cases will not be considered by the immigration court.

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