2 separate caravans now moving north through Mexico
01:01, Nov 2, 2018
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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.
A Honduran man has died after being injured in clashes between a new caravan of Central American migrants heading to the U.S. and police near Tecun Uman, on the Guatemalan border with Mexico, authorities said on Sunday. Migrants countered that the middle of a highway was no place to negotiate and said they wanted to at least arrive safely to Mexico City to discuss the topic with authorities and Mexican lawmakers.
Mr Trump has described migrant groups moving through Latin America and aiming to get into the USA as an "invasion", and the military deployment is far larger than was expected a week ago.
Added to the 2,000 troops already at the border, Mr Trump's announcement means the number of USA soldiers on the southern border will roughly be the same as those serving in Syria and Iraq combined.
He said that Mexican federal police and immigration agents were attacked with rocks, glass bottles and fireworks when migrants broke through a gate on the Mexican side of the border, but that none of the officers were armed with firearms or anything that could fire rubber bullets.
Trump, eager to keep voters focused on illegal immigration in the lead-up to the elections, stepped up his dire warnings about the caravans, tweeting, "This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!"
That's in addition to the more than 2,000 members of the National Guard already helping at the border now. O'Shaughnessy, Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command provides guidance during a planning and operational update briefing, October 28, 2018.
The caravan, once 7,000-strong, has dwindled to about 3,500 men, women, and, children largely escaping poverty and violence in Central America.
"If you're already seeking asylum, you've been given a generous offer", he said of Mexico. One of the riders died from a head injury although it is unclear how he sustained it.
Anyway, blocking the progress of the train of unemployed "migrants" is only a temporary measure apparently, AP reported: "A standoff unfolded as federal police officers blocked the highway, saying there was an operation underway to stop the caravan".
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.
If an asylum seeker enters the USA illegally, they are still entitled to a hearing of their claim. We will, if necessary, to increase the number of military.
And the cost is "unknown at this time", he said, The Hillreported. That law bans the use of American military personnel for civilian law enforcement efforts on US soil, outside military installations.
Trump said anyone wanting to get into the United States must do so through the legal process.
Again, without providing evidence, he said there are "many gang members and some very bad people mixed into the caravan".
United States officials have told Reuters the support mission would be coordinated by the U.S. military's Northern Command.
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 were deported. The department said in a statement that the men were part of "the migrant caravan", but did not say which group or specify when they were detained at checkpoints in the southern state of Chiapas.
At the front of the caravan, one group briefly broke through the final fence before police forced them back and closed it again. As the sun rose, a military helicopter flew along the Mexican side of the river foreshadowing the difficulties they could face.
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The threat followed another one earlier this week to cut off aid to Central American countries if the migrants weren't stopped. If Trump pulls out of the trade deal or closes the border, there would be major economic implications for both countries.
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