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Glenn Montgomery | 04 November, 2018, 01:58

Trump has railed against illegal immigration, including several caravans of migrants from Central America slowly moving toward the USA border.

The president's remarks, five days before USA voters determine which party will control Congress and state governorships across the country, drew immediate criticism as an effort to generate fear and energize his political base. The migrants say they are fleeing persecution, violence and poverty back home.

"Those who choose to break our laws and enter illegally will no longer be able to use meritless claims to gain automatic admission into our country", he added.

"Seeking asylum is a fundamental human right".

Trump denied politics was behind his proposals.

The Immigration and Nationality Act grants immigrants the ability to apply for asylum, but Trump insisted his plan would pass legal muster.

The president, who has ordered USA troops to the border with Mexico, also suggested rock-throwing by migrants would be treated as equivalent to gun usage.

"I hope there won't be that", Trump said, but added that anybody throwing rocks or stones at the military service members will be considered to be using a firearm, "because there's not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock". The migrants had already made a gruelling 65-kilometre trek from Juchitan, Oaxaca, on Thursday, after they failed to get the bus transportation they had hoped for.

"There could be incidental interaction between our military members and migrants or other personnel that might be in that area".

Speaking to VOA, former Department of Homeland Secretary Tom Ridge decried Trump's use of the USA military. Caravan leaders said they had expelled a number of troublemakers from the procession, exhibiting some self-policing. "You put them and all law enforcement in a very hard emotional, let alone security posture".

"We don't do stunts", Mattis said Wednesday. Available data from the Justice Department from the last five years shows 60 to 75 per cent of non-detained aliens have attended their immigration court proceedings.

"What Trump said is stupid", Maldonado said while walking to the town of Donaji.

Several immigration experts have pointed out the Obama administration did not implement a policy of separating families.

The lawsuit comes after the migrants rejected an asylum offer from Mexico, though organizers haven't made the reasons for the rejections clear.

Trump's speech in the Roosevelt Room is his latest attempt to make immigration the central issue for Republicans in Tuesday's midterm elections.

Previous caravans traveling from Central America have dwindled from thousands to hundreds of people by the time they reach the border.

Trump highlighted the case of Luis Bracamontes, a twice-deported immigrant from Mexico sentenced to death in California for killing two police officers. The ad features courtroom footage of the trial of an immigrant convicted of murder with the words "Democrats let him in... who else would Democrats let in?"

President Donald Trump says he told the US military mobilizing at the Southwest border that if migrants try to throw rocks at them, the troops should act as though the rocks are "rifles".

The nonpartisan Pew Research Center estimates there were about 11.3 million immigrants in the US illegally in 2016, the most recent data available.

In August 2017, the Trump administration announced it shut down the Central American Minors (Cam) program, which allowed people lawfully in the USA to apply for refugee resettlement or temporary immigration status for their children or other eligible family members. "Opioids are a bigger threat. And we now have 25 or 30 million people in this country illegally, because of what's been happening over many years." - remarks Wednesday to reporters.

On Thursday, Trump claimed this immigration crisis is largely caused by the US having "the hottest economy anywhere in the world".

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