CIS: Coming caravan both good and bad for Trump

Trump pressures Mexico to stop migrant caravans

Trump pressures Mexico to stop migrant caravans

Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said Tuesday that US authorities are tracking the caravan of refugees, now estimated at around 3,500 people, as well as another group between Guatemala and Mexico of about 3,000 people.

Trump made the announcement after a wave of falsehoods, many of them racially charged, about what he again called an "invasion" of Central American migrants and asylum seekers now traveling toward the US border.

Many KPRC2 viewers and followers have asked whether or not there are criminals in the migrant caravans, as President Donald Trump had repeatedly said.

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced a plan to change USA asylum rules, as he seeks to use a group of Central American migrants heading for the U.S. border as part of his closing argument to voters ahead of the midterms.

The administration has been discussing various options to address the caravans for days and it was possible that things could change before Trump's 4:15 p.m. remarks "on the illegal immigration crisis" before he departs the White House for a campaign rally in Missouri. "They're not coming into our country".

Brushing aside accusations that his divisive rhetoric on immigration is stoking extremism, Trump made the troop announcement before flying to Florida for the last stage of campaigning ahead of next Tuesday's midterm elections.

A migrant carrying the flags of Mexico and Honduras walks along the highway as a thousands-strong caravan of Central Americans hoping to reach the USA border moves onward from Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico on Thursday. Fought back hard and viciously against Mexico at Northern Border before breaking through.

Mexican Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete Prida said about 2,300 migrants have applied to stay in Mexico under a government plan, and hundreds more have accepted assisted repatriation. The president said Thursday he will send up to 15,000 troops to the border to discourage the migrants. And this week he is asserting he could act by executive order to unilaterally end birthright citizenship for the children of non-U.S. citizens.

The president announced on Wednesday that he was considering deploying up to 15,000 troops to the U.S.

The president previously characterized the approaching caravans as an "invasion", warning the migrants that the military will be waiting for them when they arrive.

Trump, who famously instructed former press secretary Sean Spicer to tell reporters his inaugural crowd bested Barack Obama's, made the claim after days of media reports on the substantial masses of people making their way toward the border.

The duties of the troops sent to the border will be limited in scope.

It was reminiscent of the infamous "Willie Horton" ad used against Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis in 1988 and condemned as racist.

During his court appearance earlier this year, the Trump political ad shows Bracamontes saying, "The only thing that I (expletive) regret is that I (expletive) killed two".

The official added that verbal orders went out this past weekend to some units and additional written orders are starting Monday. It adds: "Democrats let him into our country..."

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