Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump could deploy 15000 troops to confront migrant caravans

Trump could deploy 15000 troops to confront migrant caravans

The President promised a vague "executive order sometime next week" to include "everything - it'll be quite comprehensive". Many have said they plan to apply for asylum at an official port of entry, as other caravans have done in the past.

As a presidential candidate before the USA election in 2016, Trump promised to harden immigration laws and build a wall along the southern border with Mexico, but implementation of his signature campaign promise has been slow.

"This is totally legal".

Trump also addressed the asylum policy in the USA, which now allows people to ask for asylum whether they enter the US legally or illegally.

Mr. Trump said he will have some sort of executive order next week on immigration. "We have a lot of everything".

'I think it could be considered an invasion of our country, we can't have it, ' Trump added. "We will hold them for a long time if necessary", Trump said.

Immigrant rights groups are expected to challenge any limits placed on access to asylum.

As caravans of migrants from Central America are slowly winding north, one group got into a violent confrontation with Mexican police at the border with Guatemala, throwing rocks.

He also said the administration will require all asylum seekers make claims at official ports of entry.

Donald Trump on Tuesday morning continued to engage in irresponsible and incendiary fearmongering regarding the migrant caravans in Mexico despite Saturday's rampage at the Tree of Life Synagogue and notable bipartisan criticism.

Earlier Wednesday, Trump claimed in a tweet that the caravan included "very tough fighters" who "fought back hard and viciously" against Mexican soldiers at the 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".

Trump repeatedly blamed Democrats and the courts for the caravan and other unauthorized immigration. "We are stopping people at the border". Trump did not substantiate his claim that members of the MS-13 gang, in particular, are among them.

Trump, who famously instructed former press secretary Sean Spicer to tell reporters his inaugural crowd bested Barack Obama's, made the claim after days of media reports on the substantial masses of people making their way toward the border.

Donald Trump says he is finalising a plan to force migrants to present themselves at a legal port of entry to get into the US.

Interviewer Jonathan Karl asked about the need for the force, noting that many caravan members are women in children. And laws prevent children from being detained beyond 20 days. Claims have spiked in recent years, and there is now a backlog of more than 800,000 cases pending in immigration court.

The groups of migrants Trump has sought to cast as a threat to the United States are still in southern Mexico, hundreds of miles (kilometers) from the U.S. border.

While MSNBC had declined to air the speech live, CNN broadcast Trump's speech directly, exposing millions of viewers to his lies. "Asylum is a very special protection".

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