Pentagon sends 800 troops to US-Mexico border as migrant caravan advances

Caravan over 1000 miles from US border

Mr Trump has repeatedly sought to underscore undocumented immigration as an issue before the midterm congressional elections on Nov 6, and he has blamed Democrats for the so-called caravan of Central American migrants that is headed toward the border.

Per the New York Times, the president is actually considering taking steps to block migrants and asylum seekers from comign into the country in the coming days. It would invoke the same section of immigration law that Trump cited to back up his Muslim travel ban, the Times said.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the preliminary estimate for troops. And Trump, at rallies and on Twitter, has tried to paint the Democrats as pro-illegal immigration, even claiming, with no evidence, that Democrats had organized and paid for the caravan, which remains more than 1,000 miles from the USA border.

About 2,100 National Guardsmen are already deployed to the border, following a Trump order in April. Trump wrote in a tweet Monday.

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"Take care of the American people first and foremost before we deal with anybody else's countries and their problems", one man said.

They retain the right of self-defence, but border patrol officers will still be the ones physically stopping illegal migration.

The details are expected to be finalized by early next week, the three sources said, with plans for the proposals to be unveiled by Trump in a speech on immigration. Many in the group are women and children believed to be seeking refuge from violence and economic hardship.

In 2017, the US had 331,700 asylum claims, more than any country in the world, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency. Presenting oneself at the US border as an asylum seeker is a form of legal immigration, and by traveling in a large group, the migrants can avoid risky smuggling organizations.

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President Donald Trump says he's "bringing out the military" to address what he's calling a national emergency at the southern border.

But Nielsen warned: "This caravan can not come to the United States".

The planned deployment of active-duty troops is in response to a request from the Department of Homeland Security, which manages the Border Patrol.

Because they would not be performing law enforcement duties they would not be in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits the federal government from using the armed forces in a domestic police role. "Wait'll you see what happens over the next couple of weeks".

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