Trump Warns of 'Invasion' is Approaching US-Mexico Border

Saul Bowman
November 2, 2018

Trump railed against illegal immigration to win the 2016 presidential election and has seized on the caravan of Central American migrants at campaign rallies in the run-up to next week's vote.

A second caravan of about 3,000 approached the Guatemalan-Mexican border Sunday with the apparent intention to meet up with the larger group.

One member of a migrant caravan was killed, and dozens of police officers and immigrants were injured as one of the migrant caravans trekking toward the United States through Mexico clashed with authorities, according to the Los Angeles Times.

More than 1,000 migrants in a second caravan that forged its way across the river from Guatemala began walking through southern Mexico on Tuesday and reached the city of Tapachula - some 250 miles behind a larger group and more than 1,000 miles from the closest US border. Others soaked themselves in the nearby Novillero river.Tensions from a long trek through searing heat with tenuous supplies of food and other goods spilled over Saturday night when a dispute in a food line devolved into a beating.

The first group passed through the spot via the river - wading or on rafts - and was advancing through southern Mexico.

Last Friday when news of the deployment of active duty troops was first reported, officials had said that as many as 800 to 1,000 forces might be sent to the border.

At a meeting brokered by Mexico's National Human Rights Commission, police said they would reopen the highway and only wanted an opportunity for federal authorities to explain the proposal to migrants who had rejected it the previous evening.

The Pentagon is deploying 5,200 troops along the US border with Mexico to help agents deal with a caravan of Honduran migrants heading to the United States.

Trump said the United States would build "tent cities" to house migrants seeking asylum, rather than releasing them while they await court decisions.

It will also include an influx of military aviation units who will be tasked with ferrying CBP agents along the border with helicopter and airplanes, he said.

Many basic questions remain unanswered a day after the Pentagon announced an open-ended deployment of over 5,200 active-duty troops to the border, including the cost and scope of the mission as well as the Pentagon's assessment of any threat posed by arriving migrants.

Last week, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis authorised the use of troops and other military resources at the US-Mexico border.

Susan Ormiston describes the people she's encountered in the caravan in Southern Mexico.

"They're incentivized to try to cross our border by the gaps in our legal framework, and the expectation that they will be allowed to stay".

More forces will continue to deploy to Texas, Arizona, and California by the end of the week and New Mexico is expected to receive forces as well in the future.

On Monday he warned that the military would be waiting.

"Please go back", the president tweeted Monday.

When asked if the US military was being used as part of a political stunt, O'Shaughnessy noted that the USA military routinely partners with the Department of Homeland Security on a host of operations.

The U.S. military has already begun delivering jersey barriers to the southern border in conjunction with the deployment plans.

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