Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Over 5200 USA troops heading to Mexico border

Central American migrants try to force their way through a customs gate at the border bridge connecting Guatemala and Mexico in Tecun Uman Central American migrants try to force their way through a customs gate at the border bridge connecting Guatemala and Mexico in Tecun Uman
Charlie Simmons | 02 November, 2018, 09:42

The Pentagon said it's sending 5,200 troops to the Southwest border in an extraordinary military operation. He has drawn attention to a caravan of migrants that is trekking through Mexico toward the United States as he seeks to fire up support for his Republican party.

U.S. Custom and Border Protection agents take part in drills at crossing gates.

The deployment will create an active-duty force comparable in size to the USA military contingent in Iraq, as Trump's administration draws attention to a caravan of migrants that is trekking through Mexico toward the United States.

The migrant caravan has been moving slowly north from Central America and its numbers have been dwindling.

The massive deployment marks a sharp increase from initial estimates last week, when United States officials said about 800 active-duty troops would head south.

US President Donald Trump has ordered through the Pentagon the deployment of no less than 5,200 troops at the US-Mexico border over refugee and migrant influx.

"If you wanna wait, they don't usually get asylum".

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Friday offered temporary work permits, medical care and other benefits to migrants if they agree to register with authorities and remain in the Mexican states of Chiapas and Oaxaca, far from the US border.

The first group passed through the spot via the river - wading or on rafts - and was advancing through southern Mexico.

Trump reiterated that he wanted to set up "tent cities" to hold people coming to the USA, including those seeking asylum.

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General of the USA air force on meet the press said that "to the end of the week referred to the military contingent will be placed in the South-Western sector of our border, and this is only the beginning of large-scale operations".

"We're going to put tents up all over the place", told Fox News Channel's Laura Ingraham.

Trump says that the US was "going to be prepared" and that the migrants are "not coming into our country".

Trump denied his focus on the caravan is meant to help Republicans in next week's midterms, saying, "This has nothing to do with elections".

The Pentagon already has sent 22 miles of concertina wire to the 1,954-mile-long border, he said, and has enough additional wire to cover 150 miles.

"Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border", Trump wrote without providing evidence, doubling down on the hardline anti-immigrant rhetoric that helped fuel his 2016 election victory. The troops will include military police, combat engineers and others helping on the border.

The U.S. military still had no firm idea of what the operation would cost, he added.

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

Perhaps Trump doesn't understand that it is legal for anyone on US soil, even if they arrived without documentation or authorization, to claim asylum and start a legal process that can end with them being allowed to stay.

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