Trump could put 15,000 troops on Mexican border to stop migrants

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

Trump has ordered the deployment of thousands of American troops to the U.S. -Mexico border ahead of a thousands-strong caravan of migrants heading north from Central America, who are now in Mexico.

U.S. President Donald Trump says he is finalizing a plan that would require immigrants seeking asylum in the United States to approach a legal port of entry, pushing a hard line on immigration ahead of next week's congressional elections.

President Donald Trump has said the number of military troops deployed to the US-Mexican border could go as high as 15,000.

Trump was to make his announcement during brief remarks Thursday afternoon, according to three people familiar with the plans.

The setback comes days after caravan leaders asked for "safe and dignified" transport to Mexico City, a checkpoint along the way for a group that has been dwindling in size as members either apply for protected status in Mexico or drop out over fatigue exacerbated by the sweltering weather conditions they have been facing.

Trump has sought to use immigration as an issue to motivate Republican voters ahead of the November 6 elections, where Republicans will seek to maintain control of both congressional chambers.

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.

If migrants travel towards the border crossing in San Diego, the trip could be twice as long.

In the first week after the leading caravan got into Mexico, federal police sometimes enforced obscure safety rules, forcing them off paid mini-buses, citing insurance regulations, added the Associated Press.




About 200 Salvadorans are waiting in the Guatemalan border town of Tecun Uman to enter Mexico, and 500 others are on their way there, said Antonio Azucar, a diplomatic representative for El Salvador based in the Mexican city of Tapachula near the border. And this week he is asserting he could act by executive order to unilaterally end birthright citizenship for the children of non-U.S. citizens.

Trump was slammed late on Wednesday after he tweeted an anti-immigrant online campaign video blaming Democrats and suggesting, without evidence, that the caravan includes murderers.

The Trump administration is being sued for turning away asylum seekers from ports of entry.

It appears that the U.S. president is willing to allocate unlimited resources to stopping the migrants piercing the U.S. border, pointing out on Wednesday that up to 15,000 military personnel could be sent to the southern frontier.

Meanwhile, Trump has also vowed that the illegal migrants won't be allowed to cross into the U.S.

A second migrant caravan of around 2,000 people is on the move through southern Mexico, heading toward the United States border. "Some have been waiting for many years". On Monday, officials announced that about 5,200 were being deployed.

The ostensible reason for the military operation dubbed "Operation Faithful Patriot" has been to free up the Border Patrol to carry out repressive measures against the caravan of immigrants, mostly women and children fleeing horrific violence and poverty in Central America.

It was reminiscent of the infamous "Willie Horton" ad used against Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis in 1988 and condemned as racist.

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