Mattis Preparing Order To Send Troops To US-Mexico Border

Migrants

"I am bringing out the military for this National Emergency".

The migrants, who number in the thousands and include many women and children, are fleeing poverty and violence in Honduras and Guatemala, and are trekking through Mexico in hopes of reaching the US border.

Trump has acknowledged that he has "no proof" to back up the latter claim.

Under standard United States procedures, the migrants, assuming they reached the southern border, would be detained for not having the required documents and asked whether they are afraid of returning to their home. "If we return to Honduras, the gangs will probably kill us", he said. Nevertheless, he has continued to stoke racist fear about the migrant caravan in a last-minute push to energize his base ahead of November's midterm elections.

Trump is weighing an executive order that would deny the immigrant caravan - which is about 900 miles away from the border - an opportunity to apply for asylum once they arrive, according to The Washington Post.

Trump and Vice President Pence have argued that criminals and "Middle Easterners" among the migrants seek asylum. Any ban would face likely legal challenges.

Turkish police find 'abandoned Saudi consulate car' in Istanbul
US President Donald Trump has called the killing of Jamal Khashoggi one of the "worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups". Speaking to reporters at the White House , Trump said the entire operation was a fiasco.

Trump tweeted Monday that he'd alerted the military that the situation was a "National Emergy" - but the Pentagon said then that they'd received no new orders to provide troops for border security. The official was not authorized to speak publicly because the details had not yet been finalized and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Because they would not be performing law enforcement duties they would not be in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits the federal government from using the armed forces in a domestic police role.

"Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws!" he said on Twitter. When asked about Trump's tweets critical of the caravan and his vows to keep them out, they have generally responded that he should stop attacking them and said they would keep trying to reach the United States. Kirstjen Nielsen, the Homeland Security secretary, who has briefed Trump about the caravan as well as data showing a large uptick in the number of apprehensions at the border over the past year, has been leading the effort.

The migrant caravan swelled to an estimated 7,000 people last week after hundreds of poverty-stricken Hondurans left their country two weeks ago. It numbered more than 5,000 when it settled in the town of Mapastepec on Wednesday night, a local official said. Many in the group are women and children believed to be seeking refuge from violence and economic hardship.

"I wish he could see that we are doing this from our heart, with great desire to move forward", said Jose Rodriguez, 29, referring to the USA president.

The White House is considering a major executive action to stop a massive caravan of Central American migrants traveling north through Mexico from entering the USA, according to several reports on Thursday. But the funding for his signature campaign promise has been slow to materialize. There are 2,200 national guard troops now serving on the border; 1,145 soldiers in Texas, 115 in New Mexico, 580 in Arizona and the remaining 360 in California.

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