Trump Announces Planned Crackdown on Asylum Seekers

Saul Bowman
November 4, 2018

In an apparent effort to use anti-immigrant sentiment as a get-out-the-vote tool, President Donald Trump said Thursday that his administration is finalizing a plan to deny asylum to migrants who cross into the US illegally ― a move that would be sure to draw legal challenges should it come to fruition. What they did to the Mexican military is a disgrace. "I always want to tell the truth, when I can I tell the truth", Trump told ABC News in an interview. Our military fights back.

The family had originally gone to the crossing in Calexico, Calif., where officers told them they didn't have space. One group got into a violent confrontation with Mexican police at the border with Guatemala, throwing rocks. The official says there are about 2,600 US troops now at staging bases, largely in Texas, with several thousand more expected to flow in through the weekend and move into California and Arizona.

The general added, "They're going to understand the rules for that interaction, and they'll be consistent with CBP".

The Department of Homeland Security referred questions about the tent cities to the Department of Defense.

Trump's rhetoric on shooting migrants drew criticism from human rights groups that said he was stoking fear ahead of next week's congressional elections.

The migrants have not said what route they intend to take, but any trek through the Gulf coast state of Veracruz could take them toward the Texas border.

Gov. Miguel Angel Yunes announced Friday evening that authorities in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz would be providing not only humanitarian assistance to the migrants but buses to leapfrog them to the country's capital, three weeks after the migrants began their grueling journey. But the act of sending 15,000 United States troops to face a tired caravan of less than 5000 migrants, a number that is dwindling all the time as the foot-weary dropout, invited ridicule, as did the President's claim that he was intent on protecting American women from what he perceives as marauding hordes. But hitching rides allowed them to get to Donaji early, and some headed on to a town even further north, Sayula.

President Donald Trump's decision to send as many as 15,000 troops to the southern border has drawn sharp and unusual criticism from former military leaders, who have called the deployment "wasteful" and raised worries that the president might be using the military as a political tool to influence the midterm elections just days away.

He said some of the migrants in the caravans threw stones at Mexican police and soldiers.

A federal official who was not authorized to be quoted by name said 153 migrants in the second caravan were detained Wednesday during highway inspections in Chiapas, a short distance from the Guatemalan border.

It was unclear whether the restrictions Trump was expected to propose would apply only to those traveling in the caravans or extend to all people trying to enter the country. He railed against "birth tourism", where mothers from overseas travel to America to have babies so they will automatically be US citizens.

The lawsuit (pdf) states, "Trump's professed and enacted policy towards thousands of caravanners seeking asylum in the United States is shockingly unconstitutional".

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has left no doubt that his top priority as leader of the military is making it more "lethal" better at war and more prepared for it and yet nothing about the military's new mission at the US-Mexico border advances that goal.

Trump, from his White House office on Thursday, October 1, said that his government was preparing to reform the nation's asylum practices and took on the thousands of migrants fleeing the dangers in central America, heading toward the US.

"Those who choose to break our laws and enter illegally will no longer be able to use meritless claims to gain automatic admission into our country", he said without going into the specifics. We will hold them. The so-called zero tolerance policy remains in effect, but Trump signed an executive order June 20 that stopped separations.

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