Trump Sends 5,200 Troops To Mexico Border As Caravan Advances
Trump Sends 5,200 Troops To Mexico Border As Caravan Advances
REPORT Trump to Expand Military Border Deployment from 800 to 5,000 File
02 November, 2018, 09:42
Only about 200 in that smaller group made it to the border.Most of the migrants in the caravan appeared determined to reach the US, despite an offer of refuge in Mexico.Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto launched a program Friday dubbed "You are home", which promises shelter, medical attention, schooling and jobs to Central Americans who agree to stay in the southern Mexico states of Chiapas or Oaxaca, far from the USA border.Mexico's interior minister said Sunday that temporary identity numbers had been issued to more than 300 migrants, which would allow them to stay and work in Mexico.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a USA official said the 5,000 figure was right - but cautioned that planning is still under way and said no final decisions have been made on numbers.
The White House is also weighing additional border security measures, including blocking those traveling in the caravan from seeking legal asylum and keeping them from entering the U.S.
"We go for about a month, I stopped counting the days, we are helped by Almighty God and the good people you meet on the way", says this mother of a family. You know that. The problem is they release them in and then they have the trial, three years later, and nobody shows up."Under current protocol, migrants who clear an initial screening are often released until their cases are decided in immigration court, which can take several years".
That's in addition to the more than 2,000 members of the National Guard already helping at the border now. Blackhawk helicopters sent to the area will have night-vision capabilities and sensors, carrying troops trained in the kind of aerial combat missions used by the military in active war zones.
President Donald Trump says asylum seekers must go to ports of entry in order to make a claim.
Meanwhile, the Mexican government has been doing its best to get as numerous Central American migrants to stay in Mexico and apply for asylum there.
The Wall Street Journalreported the planned deployment was likely to be much higher than officials had disclosed late last week when preliminary figures of 800 to 1,000 were cited.
He said the more than 5,200 troops now slated to go to Texas, Arizona and California were only the start of a larger deployment and that eventually troops would go to New Mexico as well.
The troops are expected to perform a wide variety of functions such as transporting supplies for the Border Patrol, but not engage directly with migrants seeking to cross the border from Mexico, officials said.
Trump in recent weeks has repeatedly said more troops are needed to tighten security at the border, and he has made political capital of the caravan ahead of important mid-term congressional elections that could see the Democrats regain a degree of power.
However, the move by Trump to halt a caravan of mostly Honduran migrants and refugees has prompted sharp rebuke from immigrant and human rights groups.
On Monday morning, he tweeted: "Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border". But there already is a bottleneck of would-be asylum seekers waiting at some US border crossings to make their claims, some waiting as long as five weeks.
Trump denied his focus on the caravan is meant to help Republicans in next week's midterms, saying, "This has nothing to do with elections". The military troops are meant to assist the border patrol, not engage directly with migrants, several officials said. But active duty troops are rarely deployed within the United States except for domestic emergencies like hurricanes or floods.
They will bring border personnel "exactly where they need to be, regardless of the conditions", O'Shaughnessy said. It was unclear when the details will be made public.
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