Migrant caravan must walk as Mexico ignores demand for buses
- Author: Rogelio Becker Nov 02, 2018,
Nov 02, 2018, 1:45
Just this week, he announced plans to send at least 5,200 active-duty troops ― and possibly as many as 15,000 ― to the U.S. -Mexico border to address migrant caravans, threatened to indefinitely detain asylum-seekers in "tent cities" and floated the idea of ending birthright citizenship by executive order.
Reports on the ground from Mexico, where two migrant groups have been moving toward the border, mostly have described rock-throwing members of the caravans, or the throng using its numbers and mass to climb over fences or overwhelm outnumbered Mexican security forces.
That's according to three people familiar with the plans who spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.
The setback comes days after caravan leaders asked for "safe and dignified" transport to Mexico City, a checkpoint along the way for a group that has been dwindling in size as members either apply for protected status in Mexico or drop out over fatigue exacerbated by the sweltering weather conditions they have been facing.
Trump has made it clear that he will make his anti-immigration policies a key issue in the elections.
Another concern that has been raised is the unknown cost to taxpayers, given that much smaller deployments of National Guard to the border have cost hundreds of millions of dollars. They also stopped some overloaded pickup trucks carrying migrants and forced them to get off. -Mexican border in response to the still far-off caravans - roughly double the number the Pentagon said it now plans for a mission whose dimensions are shifting daily.
On another immigration front, the president said he would seek to do away with the automatic right of citizenship for USA -born children of noncitizens and illegal immigrants, saying he would issue an executive order on it. "Vote Republican now!" The ad claimed, "President Donald J. Trump and Republicans are making America safe again!"
The Washington Post's Fact Checker reported Trump makes an average of 8.3 false or misleading claims a day.
That means more than 9,000 troops have already been committed to military operations on the border and Trump, who is prone to hyperbole, on Wednesday said the final number could swell to 15,000 troops.
Trump says he hopes US troops won't fire on the migrants, but says stones and rocks will be considered firearms if thrown.
"As far as the caravan is concerned, our military is out".
"Migrants seeking asylum will have to present themselves lawfully at a port of entry", Trump stated. That ad depicted a mug shot of an African-American felon named Willie Horton, a convicted murderer, who was let out under a weekend furlough program supported by his Democratic opponent, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.
While there are undoubtedly electoral considerations behind the Trump administration's moves, the tripling or quadrupling of troop presence on American soil is a further milestone in the attack on democratic rights and the savage war on immigrants.