Trump says troops should shoot migrants who throw rocks

Trump says troops should shoot migrants who throw rocks

Trump says troops should shoot migrants who throw rocks

But if this highly publicized caravan mostly fails to make it to the US border, there will be far less incentive for Central Americans to try to replicate this in the near future.

The president's remarks, 5 days before USA voters determine which party will control Congress and state governorships across the country, drew immediate criticism as an effort to generate fear and energize his political base.

Many have said they plan to apply for asylum at an official port of entry, as other caravans have done in the past.

"Those who choose to break our laws and enter illegally will no longer be able to use meritless claims to gain automatic admission into our country", he said.

"Get off! Get off!" police officer Benjamin Grajeda shouted to a group of migrants clinging to the side of a truck outside Juchitan. He made his comments at the White House in a speech that was billed as a response to groups of migrants now walking toward the USA border.

"The American people won't be fooled by this outright propaganda and non-stop lies", said Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, the ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee. If all 4,000 in the current group were to make it to the border, there would be many similar caravans to follow.

Trump also said he had told the USA military mobilizing at the southwest border that if US troops face rock-throwing migrants, they should react as though the rocks were "rifles". "They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back", Trump said during a White House press conference about immigration. "We'll go up to anywhere between 10 and 15,000 military personnel-on top of Border Patrol, ICE and everybody else at the border", Trump said. "When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexico military and police, I say consider it a rifle", he said.

"If it's necessary I will do that in a heartbeat", he said, adding that he hasn't decided on that yet.

The number of such immigrants had reached a height of 12.2 million in 2007, representing about 4 percent of the US population, before declining due in part to a weakening USA economy. Trump was forced to end his administration's practice of separating families at the border earlier this year after public outcry. "The president is fear mongering to score political points ahead of a contentious election at the expense of people's lives". Caravan leaders said they had expelled a number of troublemakers from the procession, exhibiting some self-policing.

The Pentagon has announced it is sending 5,200 troops to the Southwest border, with their role largely limited to such activities as providing helicopter support, installing concrete barriers and maintaining vehicles.

"This is an invasion", Trump declared as he has previously on a subject that has been shown to resonate strongly with his base of Republican supporters. Trump has spent the waning days of the campaign hammering the issue at every occasion as he tries to energize Republican voters using the same playbook that helped him win in 2016.

The announcement comes as Trump seeks to stoke fear over a caravan of Central American migrants and refugees making its way to the US-Mexico border.

Gilman says she's confident the president's actions would be challenged in court "immediately", and that she expects federal courts would invalidate changes to the asylum procedure.

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