US troops will consider rocks thrown at them at border as 'firearms'

Geraldine Edwards
November 2, 2018

"Mexico has stepped up in an unprecedented way", Sanders told Fox News. Mexican police have not tried again to stop them.

"What I can confirm is there will be additional force over and above the 5,239; the magnitude of that difference, I don't have an answer for you", he told reporters at the Pentagon.

A new caravan of Salvadoran migrants. The migrants refused, saying they meant to continue. They also stopped some overloaded pickup trucks carrying migrants and forced them to get off.

The president also explicitly rejected having a "fear-mongering" motive when asked about it, having repeatedly tweeted about violent tendencies within the caravan comprised of men, women, and children from Central America, with the elections just six days away.

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

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In a second tweet Wednesday, Trump implied that even more US troops may be ordered to the border.

The group managed to cross the Suchiate River separating Mexico from Guatemala to the south on Monday. They spent Tuesday night in the city of Tapachula.

Mexican immigration authorities so far haven't tried to detain migrants in largest caravan of Central Americans now walking through the southern part of the country.

In another move likely to appeal to his right-wing base ahead of the upcoming vote, Trump has said he plans to scrap by executive order a constitutional guarantee to citizenship for persons born on United States soil, with few exceptions. "There is no work here, and the violence never stops".

However, the text of the amendment's opening Citizenship Clause is this: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside". Similar caravans have occurred regularly over the years and passed largely unnoticed, but U.S. President Donald Trump has seized on them to try to make border security a hot-button issue less than a week before midterm elections.

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Although the goal of Faithful Patriot may be to "harden our ports of entry" in border states, as Customs and Border Protection chief Kevin McAleenan recently stated, those U.S. troops deployed to the U.S. -Mexico border can't actually harden anything. The Border Patrol puts them in the system and releases them into the USA, with the promise that the migrants will appear at a hearing - which is often two years or more later. -Mexican border could reach 15,000 - roughly double the number the Pentagon said it now plans for a mission whose dimensions are shifting daily.

Later, Trump added that he is thinking "very seriously" and "immediately" of stopping aid to countries where people in the group of migrants are coming from.

Worn down by days of long walks, many migrants have dropped out and returned home or applied for protected status in Mexico. Size estimates peaked at around 7,000 people before dropping to around 4,000 people.

He again claimed the group of mostly impoverished Central Americans slowly moving toward the U.S.is "a risky group of people".

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