Pentagon Says Border Troops Will Increase

Pentagon Says Border Troops Will Increase

Like the National Guard members who have been supporting CBP efforts at the border since April, the 5,200 deploying troops are not expected to interact with migrants. The troops will include military police, combat engineers and others helping on the border.

The number of people in the first migrant caravan headed toward the USA has dwindled to about 4,000 from about 7,000 last week, though a second one was gaining steam and marked by violence. On Monday he tweeted: "This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!"

Kevin McAleenan, the USA commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, estimated on Monday that the caravan was comprised of about 3,500 migrants. They will not have arresting power and won't interact with migrants. They are still 2,000 miles by road and weeks away from reaching a USA port of entry, where most are expected to seek asylum as the law allows. "I see it as nothing more than pandering to the midterm elections by the president".

FILE - Honduran migrants taking part in a caravan heading to the US tear down the border fence between Ciudad Tecun Uman in Guatemala and Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, Oct. 28, 2018.

The Mexican government has shown no inclination to assist, however, with the exception of its migrant protection agency giving some of the caravan's stragglers rides to the next town over the weekend.

The new demands come amid troubling reports about violence carried out by members of the caravan and the Mexican government's increasingly aggressive response to the groups.

Sunday night, the caravan traveling from Central America to the United States had a stand off with Mexican federal police on a bridge near the Suchiate River, which divides Guatemala and Mexico, the Daily Mail reported.

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And despite the heightened rhetoric, the number of immigrants apprehended at the border is dramatically lower than past years. Only about 200 in that smaller group made it to the border. The demographics have also drastically changed, from mostly Mexican men traveling alone, to Central American families with children.

Trump says in an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham that if any of the migrants, who are still hundreds of miles away, do make it to the border and apply for asylum, as they're legally entitled, the US plans to "hold them until such time as their trial takes place".

The US military is prohibited from carrying out civilian law enforcement on US soil unless specifically authorized by Congress.

USA officials last week said about 800 active-duty troops would be sent to provide assistance - mainly in the form of logistical support - to border guards working along the frontier.

Guatemala's Interior Ministry said the second group had wounded Guatemalan police and used children as human shields, and Guatemalan firefighters confirmed that a 26-year-old Honduran had been killed from a blow to the head.

U.S. Air Force General Terrance J. "But please know that is in addition to the 2,092 that are already employed from our national guard troops".

In one case, a group of Border Patrol agents tracking drug smugglers in the remote Arizona desert in August called on a National Guard helicopter to keep an eye on the suspects and guide agents on the ground until they had them in custody. "Authorities said more than 1,700 had already applied for refugee status".

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