Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Nielsen on Migrant Caravan: 'Everything Is on the Table'

Nielsen on Migrant Caravan: 'Everything Is on the Table'

The Pentagon did not provide details on how many troops would be sent, but USA officials on Thursday told AFP that about 800 service members would be deployed to the frontier.

Under U.S. law, foreign nationals fleeing persecution have the right to apply for asylum once they reach American soil, but the executive order under consideration would suspend that provision and bar Central Americans as a matter of national security, according to those familiar with the proposal.

President Donald Trump for the past week has been calling attention to the caravan heading by foot into southern Mexico, but it is still hundreds of miles from US soil. An official with the national immigration authority said Friday that 300 Hondurans and Guatemalans who crossed the Mexico border illegally had been detained.

That extensive planning includes moving jersey barriers down to the border and getting gear and logistics support set in place before thousands of migrants traveling to the border arrive, Mattis said. No combat forces are to be deployed, but because some troops may be armed for self-defense, Pentagon lawyers were working out rules governing the use of force before final deployment decisions are made, the official said.

"The United States has been spending Billions of Dollars a year on Illegal Immigration".

The migrant caravan swelled to an estimated 7,000 people last week after hundreds of poverty-stricken Hondurans left their country two weeks ago.

But when Election Day rolls around on November 6, the caravan could still be somewhere in the middle of Mexico, depending on the group's location, how fast it's been traveling and how long it's taken other groups of migrants to cross the country.

Donald Trump has threatened to close the US-Mexico border and cut aid to Central America to try to stop the caravan of several thousand people.

Early Saturday morning, the caravan of thousands set out from Arriaga, Mexico, about 170 miles from the Mexico-Guatemala border, where numerous caravan's members skirted authorities a week ago and crossed in rafts. Still 1,000 miles from the nearest USA border crossing at McAllen, Texas, the journey could be twice as long if the group heads for the Tijuana-San Diego frontier, as another caravan did earlier this year.

"I want the people of the caravan to come into our country, but they have to come in legally, like all of the millions of people that are waiting online right now".

The same obstacles that frustrate immigration enforcement generally will hinder efforts to stop the caravan, Nielsen said.

"We actually need people for our companies, because we have many, many companies coming into the United States".

Shocking images show Mexican police using plastic shields to block migrants travelling towards the United States border.

The addition of 800 or more active duty troops, if approved, as expected, by Mattis, is in response to a request from the Department of Homeland Security, which manages the Border Patrol, a USA official said.

Not long after the caravan resumed its advance Saturday, government officials lent them a hand.

"Our destiny is to get to the border", Orellana said.

Organizers have told CNN they still don't know exactly which route they'll take to the border.

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