Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Hundreds more Salvadorans on way to United States as troops deployed to border

Hundreds more Salvadorans on way to United States as troops deployed to border

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that as many as 15,000 soldiers could be dispatched to the US-Mexican border to stop what he described as risky groups of immigrants.

An estimated 5,200 U.S. Army troops have been dispatched to the U.S. -Mexico border, with orders to assist the Border Patrol when the caravan reaches the border in coming weeks.

Northern Command's announcement Wednesday comes hours after Mr. Trump said as many as 10,000 to 15,000 US troops could end up being sent to the border, to prevent a growing caravan of thousands of Mexican, Central and South American migrants seeking refuge in the United States.

Around 3 a.m. Thursday morning, the lead caravan, according to the Associated Press, hit the road from Juchitan in southern Mexico for a trek to Santa Maria Jalapa del Marques, about 35 miles to the west.

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. "We're not letting them into our country".

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President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would order border agents to refuse to consider the asylum claims of people apprehended while crossing the border between ports of entry - though immigration lawyers asserted the move runs afoul of USA and worldwide law. The group is approximately 900 miles from the border.

A migrant child barely able to continue onward jumps onto a truck to rest during the caravan to Tapachula, Mexico. -Mexican border could reach 15,000 - roughly double the number the Pentagon said it now plans for a mission whose dimensions are shifting daily. He said the plan would shut down access to asylum for people who seek safety in the United States unless they go to legal ports of entry.

"I always want to tell the truth", Donald Trump said in an interview with ABC News.

That means more than 9,000 troops have already been committed to military operations on the border and Trump, who is prone to hyperbole, on Wednesday said the final number could swell to 15,000 troops. Trump may see the caravan as a potent political issue ahead of the midterm elections, with an October 18 poll showing that 55% of voters believe immigration is a very important issue.

Later, Trump added that he is thinking "very seriously" and "immediately" of stopping aid to countries where people in the group of migrants are coming from.

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The Washington Post's Fact Checker reported Trump makes an average of 8.3 false or misleading claims a day. "Some have been waiting for many years". 1,800 of those military members will be sent to Texas, with another 1,700 to be sent to Arizona and 1,500 sent to California. On Monday, they announced about 5,200 were being deployed.

"As far as the caravan is concerned, our military is out", Trump said Wednesday.

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". It adds: "Democrats let him into our country..."

The video is reminiscent of the infamous 1988 "Willie Horton" ad used against Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis and condemned as racist.

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