Migrant caravan's leaders reportedly demand 'safe and dignified' transport as enthusiasm erodes

02 November, 2018, 00:59 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Migrant caravan takes a break in southern Mexico

O'Shaughnessy said just over 1,000 troops had already deployed to Texas as of Tuesday, where they will carry out tasks like building barriers, erecting tents, and flying government personnel by helicopter to and from different locations along the border. The Pentagon's "Operation Faithful Patriot" was described by the commander of U.S. Northern Command as an effort to help Customs and Border Protection "harden the southern border" by stiffening defenses at and near legal entry points.

Most of the migrants in the caravan appeared determined to reach the US, despite an offer of refuge in Mexico. On Monday he said he wants build tent cities to house asylum seekers, and on Tuesday he floated the possibility of ending the constitutional right to USA citizenship for babies born in the country to non-citizens.

"Right now, we're planning it, how we're going to do it", he added.

Border service, in turn, said that the two "groups" of over six and a half thousand people moving to the us.

He said that Mexican federal police and immigration agents were attacked with rocks, glass bottles and fireworks when migrants broke through a gate on the Mexican side of the border, but that none of the officers were armed with firearms or anything that could fire rubber bullets.

Trump denied his focus on the caravan is meant to help Republicans in next week's midterms, saying, "This has nothing to do with elections". But critics say Trump is politicizing the military, deploying them as a stunt to drive Republican voters to the polls without any real national security threat.


Air Force General Terrence O'Shaughnessy, head of the USA military's Northern Command, told reporters the 5,200 troops would focus on trying to "harden" border crossings and surrounding areas, with work done by combat engineering battalions with experience building temporary fencing.

"The Mexican government rejects the acts of violence on the border with Guatemala, and reiterates that the only way to enter Mexico is to obey immigration laws", he said. About 600 migrants in the second group tried to cross a bridge from Guatemala to Mexico en masse Monday. "'Our destiny is to get to the border, ' she said". One migrant died from a head wound during the clash, but the cause was unclear.

Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the group supporting the caravan, has said it hopes to hold meetings in the Mexican capital with federal lawmakers and authorities as well as representatives of the incoming government that takes office December 1 to discuss migrants' rights and the caravan's future. On Monday morning, he tweeted: "Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border".

Inside the United States, of course, a network of subversive leftist "resettlement" groups await the invasion force, hoping to provide sanctuary, then push the illegal aliens into jobs, the public schools and then onto welfare. Unless Congress specifically authorizes it, military personnel can't have direct contact with civilians, including immigrants, said Scott R. Anderson of The Brookings Institution. USA officials have told Reuters the support mission would be coordinated by the US military's Northern Command.

Mattis told reporters traveling with him Sunday that details of the deployment are still being worked out but he should have them Sunday night.

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