Donald Trump planning executive order on immigration

Larry Hoffman
November 4, 2018

"But I will tell you this", he continued, "anybody throwing stones, rocks, like they did to Mexico - the Mexican military, Mexican police - where they badly hurt police and soldiers of Mexico, we will consider that a firearm, because there's not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock".

Donald Trump has vowed that migrant caravans heading through Mexico will be met with a "wall of people" at the U.S. border as he doubled down on immigration ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections.

The twelve immigrants are part of the larger "migrant caravan" marching towards California and Texas.

Donald Trump says he is finalising a plan to force migrants to present themselves at a legal port of entry to get into the US.

"We'll be doing an executive order sometime next week", he said, giving little further detail.

"These illegal caravans will not be allowed into the United States and they should turn back now because they're wasting their time", Trump said Thursday.

Trump and other administration officials have long encouraged those seeking asylum to come through legal ports of entry. He underscored that asylum is to be granted based on safety considerations, not poverty. But there now is not enough detention space to hold families who are coming across the border.

His comments were the latest twist in a story that has pushed the Pentagon unhappily into the political space, prompting questions about whether Defence Secretary Jim Mattis was allowing the military to be leveraged as a political stunt.

It remained unclear how many migrants would make it; 20 days of scorching heat, constant walking, chills, rain and illness had taken their toll. When you add the active duty troops and National Guard units heading here to provide support, there will soon be more assets guarding our southern frontier than now serving in Afghanistan or Iraq.

The migrants also were also turned off by the US president's characterization of the slow-moving caravan and the three smaller ones following as "invasion".

The operation's first 100 troops to actually arrive at the border were making initial assessments at port of entry in McAllen, Texas on Friday.

It remained unclear whether the first caravan will make a turn east to Mexico City, or try to reach the nearest and most unsafe stretch of border, which lies nearly directly north. Divisions began to appear about what route to take.

The Pentagon says more than 7,000 active-duty troops are being sent to the Southwest border, with more possible.

The president said he will send about 15,000 armed troops, border patrol officers and ICE agents to the border to block asylum seekers from crossing into United States territory.

The class-action suit also works in an accusation about Trump ginning up "fear and hysteria" about the caravan by stating that some bad people are included in the group.

That's according to three people familiar with the plans who spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.

The president, speaking in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, told reporters: "We have no choice".

Trump has been escalating his already aggressive attacks on undocumented immigrants ahead of the November 6 midterm elections.

The spot includes expletives uttered by Bracamontes during his trial professing regret at not killing more officials. It adds: "Democrats let him into our country..."

Trump repeated a variant of these remarks at a campaign rally held at a hanger at the airport in Columbia, Missouri on behalf of Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley, who is running against Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.

The lawsuit alleges that the United States can not send troops into Mexico to cut off the caravan, and when informed by migrants who want to apply for asylum, they must be allowed into America and granted a so-called "credible fear" hearing.

"We are going to no longer release", he said.

The memo, obtained by Newsweek, states that troops "may perform missions that require direct contact with migrants and/or the public", which "may require them to be armed".

The troop numbers have changed at a dizzying pace, with Trump drawing a hard line on immigration in the lead-up to the midterm elections. On Monday, officials announced that about 5,200 were being deployed.

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