Migrant killed as second caravan, Mexican police clash at Guatemala border

Migrant caravan takes a break in southern Mexico

Migrant caravan takes a break in southern Mexico

Thousands of U.S. troops may be headed to the border with Mexico ahead of a caravan of migrants trekking toward the United States, U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday, offering much higher estimates than the 800 to 1,000 initially forecast.

O'Shaughnessy said the mission of what's being called Operation Faithful Patriot is to harden the border in preparation for the caravan of asylum-seeking migrant families making its way north through Mexico.

The announcement comes just days after President Trump declared the migrant caravan making its way to the US a "National Emergency". They are still 2,000 miles by road and weeks away from reaching a United States port of entry, where most are expected to seek asylum as the law allows. "This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!" he added.

"They are incentivized to try to cross our border by the gaps in our legal framework and the expectation that they would be allowed to stay", said US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan.

It was not clear whether the man was injured during clashes with Guatemalan police in Tecun Uman or with Mexican police when the migrants were crossing the Rodolfo Robles bridge connecting the two countries.

The announcement on Monday is likely to help draw attention ahead of the midterm elections back to migration, as Mr Trump faces hard questions over gun control and inciting violence in the wake of the Pittsburgh mass shooting and politically-motivated mail-bombs.

A USA official told ABC News that 2,000 active duty troops have already been placed on "prepared to deploy" orders in anticipation of those requests.

The move represents a massive military build-up along the border, where some 2,000 National Guardsmen are already working to provide help to overwhelmed authorities. So said General Terrence O'Shaughnessy during a joint Defense Department and Customs and Border Protection press briefing Monday. "'Our destiny is to get to the border, ' she said".

Mexico, meanwhile, has also been tightening security on its southern border, where migrants often use rafts to cross the Suchiate river.

Meanwhile, the Mexican government has been doing its best to get as numerous Central American migrants to stay in Mexico and apply for asylum there. One of the migrants died from the confrontation.

"Sending active military forces to our southern border is not only a huge waste of taxpayer money, but an unnecessary course of action that will further terrorize and militarize our border communities", said Shaw Drake of the American Civil Liberties Union's border rights center at El Paso, Texas.

Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the group supporting the caravan, has said it hopes to hold meetings in the Mexican capital with federal lawmakers and authorities as well as representatives of the incoming government that takes office December 1 to discuss migrants' rights and the caravan's future.

Under the Posse Comitatus Act, federal troops are mostly prohibited from engaging in domestic law enforcement activities.

Nonetheless, Trump has repeatedly warned the group posed a national security threat to the United States, and he tweeted Monday it included "Many Gang Members and some very bad people".

The U.S. military has already begun delivering jersey barriers to the southern border in conjunction with the deployment plans.

USA officials have told Reuters the support mission would be coordinated by the U.S. military's Northern Command.

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