Trump Threatens Crackdown on Asylum-Seekers

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Mexican authorities haven't directly targeted the main caravan of about 4,000 migrants, and activists aiding that group said they were shifting their route toward the Gulf coast, a path closer to the Texas border.

President Trump's announcement comes as a number of caravans make their way from Central America, through Mexico and to the United States.

In recent days, he has sought to present as a threat to the United States a large group of migrants from Central America who have left poverty and violence at home and are heading slowly through Mexico toward the US border. The 1878 Posse Comitatus Act, which was originally passed to prevent federal troops from policing voting in former Confederate states, restricts the use of the armed forces to enforce laws. "They do that with us, they're going to be arrested, there's going to be problems".

Under this plan, the illegal aliens will no longer get a free pass into our country by lodging meritless claims in seeking asylum.

Many on social media could not believe that migrants were already taking legal action against the government of a country they had not even entered into yet. In the past week, he's also ordered thousands of troops to the U.S. -Mexico border to stop the migrant caravans and proposed ending by executive order the Constitution's guarantee of citizenship to anyone born in the U.S.

"These illegal caravans will not be allowed into the United States and they should turn back now because they're wasting their time. I give up. How is this real?".

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"We are not killers", said Stephany Lopez, a 21-year-old Salvadoran with the first caravan. In the meantime, these troops will fill in the gaps and form a human wall to help border agents handle the crisis along our 2,000-mile southern border.

Trump insisted his plan to restrict asylum would be "totally legal".

There are now four caravans making their way toward the U.S. The main group of about 4,000 migrants - down from its estimated peak of more than 7,000 - remains in southern Mexico, on foot and hundreds of miles from the border.

Trump made the comments Thursday in a speech on immigration.

Donald Trump has said that the US military should treat rocks thrown by asylum-seeking migrants heading to the US-Mexico border as firearms in his latest bout of pre-election rhetoric. Some were very seriously injured and they are throwing rocks in their face.

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"It just doesn't make any sense", said Lapan, now a vice president of communications at the Bipartisan Policy Centre. The caravan is moving on foot and is still almost 1,000 miles from the border.

Pressed on the issue of troops using force, he said, "I hope they won't. Within that flow and included are about 17,000 criminals previous year along with hardened smugglers and people from over 100 different countries around the world". What's been happening over years is they would come in, release them, and they would never show up for their trial.

Migrants who cross illegally are generally arrested and often seek asylum or some other form of protection.

Honduran migrant Saul Guzman, 48, spent the night under a tin roof in the Oaxaca state town of Matias Romero with his son Dannys, 12, before setting out for the town of Donaji, 30 miles (47 kilometers) north.

"I told them to consider it a rifle", Trump said.

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