Trump details plan for tougher USA entry for migrants

Saul Bowman
November 2, 2018

While Trump made frequent references to the caravan during his speech Thursday - and said he wanted to stop people who "violently overrun" the border - legal experts said his proposal could potentially violate both US and global law. Loudspeaker announcements discussed bathroom use and a prohibition on charging money to power their cellphones.

The group took a day off from walking on Wednesday, resting and caring for swollen feet.

"We're not releasing them into our country anymore", he said.

Mexican authorities haven't directly targeted the main caravan of about 4,000 migrants, and activists aiding that group said they were shifting their route toward the Gulf coast, a path closer to the Texas border.

Trump had previously thanked Mexico for deploying anti-riot forces to the country´s southern border, and White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Fox News Wednesday that "Mexico has stepped up in an unprecedented way". Mexican police have not tried again to stop them.

Those travelling with the caravan have told Al Jazeera they are fleeing violence, including political persecution, poverty, and poor healthcare.

As of press time Trump's proposal received muted media coverage and was not referenced on the online front page of the New York Times.

But federal police began pulling freight trucks over and forcing migrants off, saying their habit of clinging to the tops or sides of the trucks was unsafe.

"They're trying to get up by train". The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 prohibits military personnel from conducting law enforcement functions on US soil, including physically detaining migrants.

And police have routinely stood by as migrants piled aboard freight trucks.


FILE - A police officer helps a Honduran migrant, part of a caravan trying to reach the US, as she storms a border checkpoint to cross into Mexico, in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, Oct. 19, 2018.

The second, smaller US -bound caravan of about 2,000 people forced its way into Mexico on Monday from the Guatemalan border. They spent Tuesday night in the city of Tapachula.

People walk in a caravan of migrants departing from El Salvador en route to the United States, in San Salvador, El Salvador, Oct. 31, 2018.

Salvadoran man Jose Santos, 27, brought his baby son with him on the quixotic quest.

"We will consider that a firearm", Trump said. He and other Republicans say that the right has a loophole incentivizing people to come illegally into the United States to have children.

Mexico's U.S. Ambassador - Geronimo Gutierrez - is blasting Democrats for saying everyone in the migrant caravan are all peaceful refugees seeking asylum. Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Kevin McAleenan estimated the caravan at around 3,500 people, as well as another group between Guatemala and Mexico of about 3,000 people.

The migrants have not said what route they intend to take northward or where on the USA border they planned to reach. He also tweeted: "We will NOT let these Caravans, which are also made up of some very bad thugs and gang members, into the U.S. Our Border is sacred, must come in legally".

Worn down by days of long walks, many migrants have dropped out and returned home or applied for protected status in Mexico. I'm pretty good at estimating crowd size. In recent years, such operations have been carried out by National Guard forces, largely part-time military members often called upon to respond to domestic emergencies.

"The sacrifice is worth the effort", Lopez said. "Numerous things we've talked about today". "Everything good costs money".

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