Mexico's ambassador to U.S. claims there are very violent migrants in caravan


A caravan of Central American migrants estimated to number at least 3,500 people left Honduras in mid-October and is now in southern Mexico on its way to the USA border.

Trump frequently describes illegal immigrants - a tiny minority of whom have formed groups to attempt walking hundreds of miles to the U.S. border - as "rapists" and "thugs".

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. They said asylum in the United States is their primary goal, but some expressed openness to applying for protected status in Mexico if that doesn't work out.

Similar caravans have occurred regularly over the years and passed largely unnoticed, but Trump has focused on the latest marchers seeking to make border security a hot-button issue in next week's midterm elections.

In an apparent effort to use anti-immigrant sentiment as a get-out-the-vote tool, President Donald Trump said Thursday that his administration is finalizing a plan to deny asylum to migrants who cross into the USA illegally ― a move that would be sure to draw legal challenges should it come to fruition. The suspect in that case, Robert Bowers, reportedly posted anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant comments on social media, claiming Jews were helping a migrant caravan that he likened to "invaders".

When the caravan migrants arrive, they will add to a system that is already overwhelmed by the continuing flow of Central American migrants.

Mexican Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete Prida said about 2,300 migrants have applied to stay in Mexico under a government plan, and hundreds more have accepted assisted repatriation.

Trump has made clamping down on what he regularly describes as an "invasion" of illegal immigrants the centerpiece of his campaigning for Republican candidates in next Tuesday's midterm legislative elections.

On another immigration front, the president said he would seek to do away with the automatic right of citizenship for USA -born children of noncitizens and illegal immigrants, saying he would issue an executive order on it.

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

CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins agreed: "President Trump is essentially repeating his past remarks on immigration - caravans, bad laws, etc. - just in a toned down manner".

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

"Look, we're not going to let them come into our country".

The duties of the troops sent to the border will be limited in scope.

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While there are undoubtedly electoral considerations behind the Trump administration's moves, the tripling or quadrupling of troop presence on American soil is a further milestone in the attack on democratic rights and the savage war on immigrants. On Monday, they announced about 5,200 were being deployed.

President Trump said Wednesday he could send up to 15,000 troops to the U.S. -Mexico border, which would surpass the number of soldiers now stationed in Afghanistan.