Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Trump "Hopes" US Troops Don't Shoot At Migrants

Trump says border troops could hit 15K, surprising Pentagon LIVE: Trump to announce asylum rule change
Gerardo Duncan | 04 November, 2018, 02:02

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.

It was unclear whether the restrictions Trump was expected to propose would apply only to those traveling in the caravans or extend to all people trying to enter the country.

Trump also said his administration will "catch" immigrants but no longer "release" them.

Trump spoke during a presentation of his controversial policy on cracking down against what he says is uncontrolled illegal immigration.

With or without the Mexican government's help, it remained unclear how many migrants would make it to the US border; many days of scorching heat, constant walking, chills, rain and illness have taken their toll.

Trump had yesterday announced that he plans to automatically deny asylum to migrants who try to enter the USA illegally between ports of entry.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to provide details not yet released.

In any case, Fox News also reports that there was some confusion over whether the caravan was heading for the California border or for the much closer border crossing in McAllen, Texas.

Writing at Task and objective, retired Col. Paul Yingling, who commanded USA troops in Iraq, cut right to the chase.

Second, Trump proposed ending the right of immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documentation to apply for asylum. In reality, the vast majority of asylum seekers as well as undocumented immigrants show up for court dates, according to a study by the American Immigration Council.

After three grueling weeks walking along highways and hitching rides, thousands of Central American migrants traveling in a caravan through southern Mexico were told Friday that they would soon be leapfrogging ahead to the nation's capital in buses only to have their hopes dashed nearly immediately when the offer was pulled.

The migrants in the caravans are mostly from Honduras, where it started, as well as El Salvador and Guatemala.

James Stavridis, a retired Navy admiral and former head of the US Southern Command, said the troops should be preparing for combat and other missions, "not monitoring a peaceful border" for the arrival of a migrant caravan of several thousand people on foot, still about 900 miles (1,450 kilometres) away.

Last week officials indicated 800 to 1,000 troops might be sent.

Trump made the comments Thursday in a speech on immigration.

Trump spoke directly to the mostly Honduran members of the caravan in the tweet, saying: 'Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process. On Monday, they announced that about 5,200 were being deployed.

Trump has rejected the idea he has been "fearmongering" and using the issue for political purposes, but his escalating rhetoric in the final days of the campaign season calls that denial into question.

He has also threatened to indefinitely detain asylum-seekers in "tent cities" and floated the idea of ending birthright citizenship by executive order.

He said some of the migrants in the caravans threw stones at Mexican police and soldiers.

It remained to be seen if the group would stick together and continue employing the "strength in numbers" strategy which has enabled them to move through Mexico together and inspired subsequent migrant caravans to try their luck.

It was reminiscent of the infamous "Willie Horton" ad used against Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis in 1988 and condemned as racist. "The gunman who assassinates people on the Sabbath, ." he said, speaking to several USA news stories from last week. It adds: "Democrats let him into our country..."

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