Trump Backtracks, Says Troops Will Not Fire On Migrant Caravan

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President Donald Trump said US soldiers on the border with Mexico may fire on migrants who commit violence and that people who cross into the country illegally would be detained in "massive" tent cities, as he sought to rev up his base ahead of elections next week.

Trump, who has vowed to close the border, said in an interview Monday with conservative TV and radio host Laura Ingraham that the USA would allow migrants to file asylum claims, but that they would be forced to live in "tent cities" while they await court rulings, a process that can take years.

The president made the claims five days before the USA midterm elections, when voters will determine which party will hold power in Congress and statehouses across the country.

While Trump tried to portray the caravans as a "crisis", the closest group is still hundreds of miles from the USA border. "Instead, migrants seeking asylum will have to present themselves lawfully at a port of entry".

The targets of Trump's verbal attacks expanded earlier on Wednesday to include House Speaker Paul Ryan, a fellow Republican who has raised millions of dollars for the party's candidates, but who criticized Trump's proposal to end so-called "birthright citizenship".

The Immigration and Nationality Act says any immigrant in the United States can apply for asylum, whether or not the immigrant entered the country through a designated port of entry.

Earlier in the day, a third caravan of migrants - this time from El Salvador - waded over the Suchiate River into Mexico on Friday, bringing another 1,000 to 1,500 people who want to reach the USA border.

He also suggested that the US troops he dispatched to the US-Mexico border could fire on someone in the migrant caravan if the person threw rocks or stones at them. What I don't want is these people throwing rocks.

On Oct. 30, Trump said he will have more tent cities built at the southern border to hold migrants who cross into America, which would help solve space problems federal authorities have had due to the number of migrants.

"They broke in to Mexico". "You put them and all law enforcement in a very hard emotional, let alone security posture".

The White House announced earlier that the president would be making "brief remarks on the illegal immigration crisis" before he departs for a campaign rally in Missouri.

Sarah Pierce, policy analyst for the U.S. Immigration Policy Program at the Migration Policy Institute, refuted the president's claims. And laws prevent children from being detained beyond 20 days.

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Trump made the comments Thursday in a speech on immigration.

TRUMP: "President Obama separated the children from parents and nobody complained".

Though Nielsen met on Friday morning to discuss election security, the crowd of consultants, professors and not-for-profit workers questioned her instead on the administration's immigration policies for almost all of the 30 minutes allotted for a question and answer period.

Previous caravans traveling from Central America have dwindled from thousands to hundreds of people by the time they reach the border.

The homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, defended the militarization of the U.S. border on Friday, the morning after Donald Trump delivered an inflammatory, often factually incorrect, speech on immigration.

Mr Trump has characterised it as an "invasion" of migrants. "For that reason, we also offered them transportation so that, if possible, tomorrow ... they may be able to go to Mexico City or to the place they wish".

Trump highlighted the case of Luis Bracamontes, a twice-deported immigrant from Mexico sentenced to death in California for killing two police officers. It adds: "Democrats let him into our country..."

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

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and is so rushed that it targets Thomas Homan, the retired former acting Director of ICE. The terrorists that send pipe bombs to political figures and journalists is a serious threat.

On Thursday, Trump claimed this immigration crisis is largely caused by the US having "the hottest economy anywhere in the world".

The suit claims Trump "continues to abuse the law, including constitutional rights, to deter Central Americans from exercising their lawful right to seek asylum in the United States".



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