Migrant caravan demands transport as new group enters Mexico

Migrant caravan takes a break in southern Mexico

Migrant caravan takes a break in southern Mexico

Two U.S. officials said the troop total was likely to be slightly above 5,000, with troops coming mainly from major Army bases from coast to coast.

"We're already facing a border security and humanitarian crisis", he said, adding that an average of 1,900 people have been crossing the border without authorization each day in recent weeks. You know that. The problem is they release them in and then they have the trial, three years later, and nobody shows up."Under current protocol, migrants who clear an initial screening are often released until their cases are decided in immigration court, which can take several years".

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.

Now there are 2,100 National Guard helping at the border.

President Donald Trump, eager to focus voters on immigration in the lead-up to the mid-term elections next week, escalated his threats against the caravan, tweeting: "This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!"

McAleenan, the CBP commissioner, said his agency was tracking a caravan of about 3,500 people moving north through southern Mexico.

Kevin McAleenan, the top US border security official, said the decision to send troops was not motivated by electoral politics but rather was a law enforcement necessity, as USA agents prepare for the possibility that crowds of migrants will amass and turn unruly.

The troops, which are expected to initially be stationed at ports of entry, will be deployed to provide additional security as the so-called "caravan of migrants" pushes toward the US-Mexico border.

Reports say several thousand Honduran migrants moved last week through Guatemala, and some were trying to cross to Mexico local media said.

On Monday morning, he tweeted: "Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border". He has made similar claims before without offering evidence.

The president has stepped up his focus on immigration in the days leading up to the midterm elections.

"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.

The White House has reportedly been considering a more extensive shutdown of the border, including an executive order that would ban asylum applications by those who reach the U.S.

The U.S. military has already begun delivering jersey barriers to the southern border in conjunction with plans to deploy active duty troops there.

Mattis told reporters traveling with him Sunday that details of the deployment are still being worked out but he should have them Sunday night.

They will bring border personnel "exactly where they need to be, regardless of the conditions", O'Shaughnessy said.

Even as United States officials unveiled details of the military deployment, migrants were trying to cross the Suchiate River from Guatemala into Mexico on rafts made from truck tires, or by forming human chains to avoid being swept away.

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