Mexican official says there's an election link to caravan

Mexican official says there's an election link to caravan

Mexican official says there's an election link to caravan

"We will defend our borders and we will defend our country". "And sometimes enabling missions - especially if that's all you're going to do - require a significant footprint", he said, pointing out that United States troops deployed to the border will serve as "enablers" rather than "trigger-pullers".

Trump said on Wednesday that the United States could send as many as 15,000 troops to the border to confront the migrant caravan, more than twice the number previously disclosed by defense officials.

Mr. Trump, speaking from the White House just days before the midterm congressional elections, also said those migrants who do enter will be held in new tent-city detention facilities being built by the troops he just ordered to the border.

He again claimed the group of mostly impoverished Central Americans slowly moving toward the U.S.is "a risky group of people".

The American approach seems to mimic the Israeli tactics used by the IDF to repel Palestinian protesters at the border, denouncing them as armed and unsafe Hamas operatives.

The announcement almost triples the number of troops that Trump had said would be deployed to the border.

President Donald Trump says he told the USA 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".

President Trump announced on Wednesday evening he was considering deploying another 10,000 to 15,000 soldiers to the US-Mexico border.

A federal official who was not authorized to be quoted by name says 153 migrants were detained Wednesday during highway inspections in the southernmost state of Chiapas.

The Mexican government, has, in fact, taken a fairly contradictory stance on helping or hindering the first caravan, reflecting the country's balancing act: Officials don't want to irk Trump, but Mexicans themselves have long suffered mistreatment as migrants.

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"Get off! Get off!" police officer Benjamin Grajeda shouted to a group of migrants clinging to the side of a truck outside Juchitan.

"We will consider that a firearm", Trump told reporters on November 1, Fox News reported.

FILE - A police officer helps a Honduran migrant, part of a caravan trying to reach the US, as she storms a border checkpoint to cross into Mexico, in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, Oct. 19, 2018.

Under U.S. law, any foreign national who is in the U.S. or who arrives in the U.S.

But Trump has painted a different picture with his rhetoric, casting the deployment as a necessary intervention to stop potentially unsafe individuals from entering the country. "So you'd have to resolve the case in 20 days or let the kids go".

Trump referenced clashes between armed police and caravan participants at Mexico's border with Guatemala.

A second, smaller group of 1,000 or so migrants who forced their way into Mexico on Monday was trailing some 250 miles back. The French news agency reports the group was in the Mexican town of Tapachula, about 1,850 kilometers from McAllen, on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump is rushing out hardline immigration declarations, promises and actions as he tries to mobilize supporters to retain Republican control of Congress in the midterm elections.

Mexican immigration authorities so far haven't tried to detain migrants in largest caravan of Central Americans now walking through the southern part of the country.

During a campaigning stopover, Trump has warned that he could send as many as 15,000 troops to border.

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