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

Texas militia heads for the border to hold back migrants

Texas militia heads for the border to hold back migrants

Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said Tuesday that USA authorities are tracking the caravan of refugees, now estimated at around 3,500 people, as well as another group between Guatemala and Mexico of about 3,000 people.

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump kept up the pressure on Mexico Wednesday to halt groups of migrants heading to the American border, as the USA enters the final stretch of campaigning before key midterm elections.

Mexico's U.S. Ambassador - Geronimo Gutierrez - is blasting Democrats for saying everyone in the migrant caravan are all peaceful refugees seeking asylum.

Northern Command's announcement Wednesday comes hours after Mr. Trump said as many as 10,000 to 15,000 USA troops could end up being sent to the border, to prevent a growing caravan of thousands of Mexican, Central and South American migrants seeking refuge in the United States. The agents interviewed the group of 30 and learned they came to the US without documentation from Guatemala.

Trump has ramped up his tough stance on illegal immigration, an issue that appeals to his core supporters, before elections on Tuesday that will determine whether his fellow Republicans keep control of Congress.

President Donald Trump said asylum-seekers will have to "lawfully present themselves" at a USA port of entry in remarks he gave on November 1 addressing what he called a "crisis at the southern border".

Trump spoke on the way to a Florida campaign stop as a fourth caravan began forming, and after the Pentagon on his orders was dispatching 5,200 U.S. military forces to the U.S. -Mexico border.

A new caravan of Salvadoran migrants.

Mexican authorities haven't directly targeted the main caravan of about 4,000 migrants, and activists aiding that group said they were shifting their route toward the Gulf coast, a path closer to the Texas border. He also claimed on October 29 that he plans to end birthright citizenship by Executive Order, a move many lawyers believe would be unconstitutional.

The Department of Defense says the number of troops deployed could change at any time, potentially on a daily basis.

Trump also said the United States is building "massive" tent cities to house asylum seekers, including children, while their claims are processed. Agents said the group gathered along the USA side of the Rio Grande border with Mexico before moving out to find a law enforcement officer so they could surrender, according to Border Patrol officials. Similar caravans have occurred regularly over the years, passing largely unnoticed, but the new ones have become a hot-button political issue amid an unprecedented pushback from U.S. President Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump claimed that up to 15,000 United States troops could be sent to the border to deal with the group of approximately 3,500 migrants heading toward the U.S. through Mexico.

Last week officials indicated 800 to 1,000 troops might be sent.

The official added that verbal orders went out this past weekend to some units and additional written orders are starting Monday.

"As far as the caravan is concerned, our military is out", Trump said.

Trump highlighted the case of Luis Bracamontes, a twice-deported immigrant from Mexico sentenced to death in California for killing two police officers. The 53-second spot includes expletives uttered by Bracamontes during his trial as he professed regret at not killing more officials. That ad depicted a mug shot of an African-American felon named Willie Horton, a convicted murderer, who was let out under a weekend furlough program supported by his Democratic opponent, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.

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