Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

More Than 5000 Troops Deployed To The Border

More Than 5000 Troops Deployed To The Border

Migrants countered that the middle of a highway was no place to negotiate and said they wanted to at least arrive safely to Mexico City to discuss the topic with authorities and Mexican lawmakers. However, some lawmakers dismissed the new deployment as a political stunt by the White House just a week before the November 6 midterm elections. O'Shaughnessy, commander of U.S. Northern Command.

That caravan is estimated to contain 4,000 people - but the number is slowly shrinking as tired travelers drop out or apply for protected status in Mexico, spurring the caravan's leaders to make the request for help with transportation to Mexico's capital, according to the Associated Press.

Troops planned to bring heavy concertina wiring to unspool across open spaces between ports.

Added to the 2,000 troops already at the border, Mr Trump's announcement means the number of U.S. soldiers on the southern border will roughly be the same as those serving in Syria and Iraq combined.

Several hundred troops from Fort Knox and Fort Campbell in Kentucky are already on the move into southern Texas, said Air Force Gen. Terrence J. Some of the troops will be armed. He said troops would focus first on Texas, followed by Arizona and then California.

"The Mexican government rejects the acts of violence on the border with Guatemala, and reiterates that the only way to enter Mexico is to obey immigration laws", he said.

The troops will join the more than 2,000 National Guardsmen that Trump has already deployed to the border. More than 1,500 of the original group have applied for asylum in Mexico.

It was not clear whether the man was injured during clashes with Guatemalan police in Tecun Uman or with Mexican police when the migrants were crossing the Rodolfo Robles bridge connecting the two countries. One migrant was killed Sunday night by a head wound, but the cause was unclear.

Susan Ormiston describes the people she's encountered in the caravan in Southern Mexico. That group appeared to begin as a collection of about 160 who chose to band together in Honduras for protection against the gangs who prey on migrants traveling alone and snowballed as the group moved north.

In addition to the main caravans in southern Mexico, a group of around 300 migrants left San Salvador, the El Salvador capital, on foot Sunday heading for the border with Guatemala in the hope of eventually reaching the United States. Under global law, these are considered refugees. But there already is a bottleneck of would-be asylum seekers waiting at some USA border crossings to make their claims, some waiting as long as five weeks.

Both President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security have confirmed the presence of gang members inside the caravan, and as the days become weeks, reports of infighting between travelers have come out. "If you want to wait, they don't usually get asylum".

But news reports quote unnamed USA officials as saying the White House is weighing a range of administrative and legal actions on grounds of national security to restrict the ability of migrants to seek asylum.

Previous presidents have ordered the military to support anti-drug smuggling operations and active-duty troops still do so. Unless Congress specifically authorizes it, military personnel can't have direct contact with civilians, including immigrants, said Scott R. Anderson of The Brookings Institution. The troops expected to be sent to the border will primarily consist of military police and engineers, but the military also reportedly plans to send Marines.

The announcement comes as a caravan of migrants is making its way from Central America to the Southwest border of the United States.

Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the group supporting the caravan, has said it hopes to hold meetings in the Mexican capital with federal lawmakers and authorities as well as representatives of the incoming government that takes office December 1 to discuss migrants' rights and the caravan's future. "It's going to be the election of common sense", Trump said at a rally in IL on Saturday night.

The "Military is waiting for you!" the president also tweeted.

Mexico authorities said migrants attacked its agents with rocks, glass bottles and fireworks when they broke through a gate on the Mexican end but were pushed back, and some allegedly carried guns and firebombs.

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