Agents nibble at edges of migrant caravans

Glen Norman
November 4, 2018

"We're not going to stand for people doing what they did to the Mexican military and the Mexican police".

In a video posted to Twitter on Friday, Mr Yunes said that a "serious shortage of water" in Mexico City over the weekend meant that it would be wrong to transport the migrants there.

We don't have to meet the invading army of illegal aliens with tanks to assure that they do not pose a threat to our national security or overwhelm our border patrol and immigration system.

Human rights activist Ernesto Castaneda said there's still a possibility that bulk transportation will be arranged Saturday.

With or without the Mexican government's help, it remained unclear how many migrants would make it to the US border; many days of scorching heat, constant walking, chills, rain and illness have taken their toll.

A White House aide said Trump is expected to unveil or propose changes to the way migrants can request asylum.

President Trump on Thursday said he'll sign an executive order next week that will crack down on asylum seekers and end the process of "catch and release" as part of his efforts to halt a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants marching to the United States border. A U.N. Refugee Agency report doesn't break out exactly where and how they claimed asylum.

"They're playing with our dignity".

"They won't have to fire", Trump said, referring to the military's response to the hypothetical rock throwing.

That's because asylum-seekers, along with unaccompanied children from countries other than Mexico and Canada, have special protections enshrined in law, based on the principle that vulnerable individuals should have a chance to have their claims heard before they are shipped back to potential danger.

Trump also told ABC News that the migrant caravan group was much larger than the numbers reported, and predicted what looked like a group of impoverished women and children was actually "a lot of young people, lot of young men - they are pushing the women right up to the front - not good - and the kids right up to the front".

"They broke in to Mexico".

The Salvadorans opted instead to wade across a shallow stretch of the river to enter Mexico.

According to retired Lt. Gen. David Barno, who commanded USA forces in Afghanistan, Trump's decision places military forces "in a highly politicized environment regarding immigration".

Several caravans of migrants from Central America are slowly winding north. The caravan of an estimated 4,000 people is still almost 1,600 kilometres from the border. And you look at what's happening in Guatemala along with El Salvador and Honduras.

Former DHS Secretary Ridge told VOA, "There are bigger threats" to the US than the migrants.

Mexican officials appeared conflicted over whether to help or hinder their journeys.

Immigration agents and police have been nibbling at the edges of the first two caravans. Federal police have been pulling freight trucks over and forcing migrants off, saying their habit of clinging to the tops or sides of the trucks was unsafe. A recent poll showed more likely Republican voters identify with Trump than they do with the Republican Party.

The US president used a string of extraordinary claims to sound the alarm over border security ahead of the key vote, while defending his suggestion that up to 15,000 soldiers could be sent to the frontier. The first of the 5,200 soldiers already deployed to the border began arriving yesterday.

President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would order border agents to refuse to consider the asylum claims of people apprehended while crossing the border between ports of entry - though immigration lawyers asserted the move runs afoul of USA and global law.

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