Trump threatens to shoot migrants who throw stones at US military

Trump says border troops could hit 15K, surprising Pentagon

Trump told journalists at the White House that a group of several thousand migrants walking through Mexico towards the United States border had thrown rocks "viciously and violently" at Mexican police.

US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said, "We are already facing a border security and humanitarian crisis along our southwest border". So far, it is not certain whether any operative suffered any injury but Guatemalan officers were hurt. One group got into a violent confrontation with Mexican police at the border with Guatemala, throwing rocks.

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Trump didn't directly answer a question about whether the children of migrants would again be separated from their parents if they cross the border, and he suggested that if migrants commit violence such as throwing rocks at American troops deployed to the border they could be met with gunfire.

Pressed on the issue of troops using force, he said, "I hope they won't".

"I want to offer the migrants that while this problem is being resolved they accept my invitation to go to a city in Veracruz" that has the conditions to host them, he said.

In a statement posted on its social media pages, the army claimed the sect in massive numbers forced their way into the troops checkpoint after overrunning the police force.

White House aides had considered having Trump deliver an immigration speech earlier in the week, but the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre on Saturday delayed those plans.

"Group of migrants travelling on foot from Honduras file federal lawsuit against Pres Trump and others", she tweeted, with an explanatory excerpt from the filing.




"I didn't say shoot", he said.

The migrant caravan set off on 12 October with a plan to trek for more than a month. The so-called zero tolerance policy remains in effect, but Trump signed an executive order June 20 that stopped separations. "And so we are making that our soldiers, our Marines are going to be fully trained in how to do that interaction", Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy said.

Defense officials have repeatedly emphasized the troops at the border are there to support civil authorities and that they are not expected to come into any contact with migrants.

He also did not clarify how he wants to detain asylum-seekers, but hinted that he wants to build tent cities and "we're going to hold them right there" without providing details.

In any case, Fox News also reports that there was some confusion over whether the caravan was heading for the California border or for the much closer border crossing in McAllen, Texas.

The public criticism from former military officials raised questions about why the president had chose to dispatch such a large force on such short notice days before a critical election.

Trump has nonetheless mounted an enormous show of force in response to their movement - coinciding with elections that will determine which party controls Congress.

Trump was clarifying his previous remarks from the day before and appeared to walk back the suggestion that he would authorize the use of lethal force against a rock thrower. He also has said he plans an executive order to unilaterally end the constitutionally protected right of citizenship for children born to non-U.S. citizens.

Trump has rejected the idea he has been "fearmongering" and using the issue for political purposes, but on Thursday he blamed Democrats for the "incompetent, very, very stupid laws that we have".

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