Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump says he plans to crack down on asylum seekers

Trump says he plans to crack down on asylum seekers

President Donald Trump said USA soldiers on the border with Mexico may fire on migrants who commit violence and that people who cross into the country illegally would be detained in "massive" tent cities, as he sought to rev up his base ahead of elections next week.

Trump, who has vowed to close the border, said in an interview Monday with conservative TV and radio host Laura Ingraham that the US would allow migrants to file asylum claims, but that they would be forced to live in "tent cities" while they await court rulings, a process that can take years. "Those who choose to break our laws and enter illegally will no longer be able to use meritless claims to gain entry into our country".

According to a document published by a Fox News anchor Thursday evening, a group of migrants on one of the caravans heading towards the us border have already filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for acting unconstitutionally against them.

Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, migrants claiming asylum are allowed to do so at the border crossings, but also if they cross illegally.

"They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back".

Trump's half-hour remarks were chock-full of off-base claims about his own record on immigration, and about former President Barack Obama's.

He made mention of reports of a clash between authorities and the caravan as they moved across the Guatemalan border to Mexico.

The second caravan, also of about 1,000 to 1,500 people, entered Mexico earlier this week and is now in Mapastepec, Chiapas.

The Pentagon said on Monday it was deploying more than 5,200 troops to the border at Trump's direction to confront a caravan of men, women and children traveling through Mexico as they flee violence and poverty in Central America.

But it remains unclear how many people now en route to the USA will even make it to the border.

The lawsuit demands that the federal government allow the migrants to plead for asylum, but there is no evidence that President Donald Trump intends to prevent the migrants from asking for asylum. In the meantime, these troops will fill in the gaps and form a human wall to help border agents handle the crisis along our 2,000-mile southern border.

And there was also pressure on the first caravan, which set out before dawn on Thursday from Juchit·n, Oaxaca, seeking to reach the town of Matias Romero, about 40 miles (65 kilometres) ahead.

Immigrant advocates say the new tactics at the border are aimed at discouraging asylum claims. He railed against "birth tourism", where mothers from overseas travel to America to have babies so they will automatically be USA citizens. "What I don't want is I don't want these people throwing rocks", Trump told reporters outside the White House.

"We'll be doing an executive order sometime next week", he said, giving little further detail.

"If our soldiers or Border Patrol or ICE are going to be hit in the face with rocks, we're going to arrest those people". He deemed the group of migrants from Central America a threat to Americans. More than 7,000 active duty troops have been told to deploy to Texas, Arizona and California.

At the same time, 1,000 USA troops had deployed to the southern border with Mexico at various locations, Fox News confirmed. They claim their right to due process is being violated because Trump has vowed not to let the migrants into the U.S. He said people with a legitimate asylum claim will be processed and held in encampments at the border until their cases are heard.

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