Security experts question border mission for USA military

Trump says border troops could hit 15K, surprising Pentagon

Trump says border troops could hit 15K, surprising Pentagon

"We will consider that a firearm", Trump said, arguing there's "not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock".

It's unclear whether the restrictions would apply only to those traveling in the caravans or would extend beyond the caravans to all people trying to enter the country.

As the Trump administration has sparred with federal judges in its efforts to stop illegal border crossings, those wanting to come to America have been paying attention.

The troop numbers have been changing at a dizzying pace, with Trump drawing a hard line on immigration in the lead-up to the midterm elections. It left Honduras in mid-October, although many are expected to drop off before reaching the US border.

"The military has all of a sudden been placed in a highly politicized environment regarding immigration", retired Lt. Gen. David Barno, who commanded USA forces in Afghanistan, said of the surge of troops to the border.

The assessment does not go into further detail about those incidents, but Border Patrol officials have also warned landowners in the area about the possibility of gun-carrying militias on their property in the coming weeks. More than 7,000 active duty troops have been told to deploy to Texas, Arizona and California. "If you could have only seen the people's happiness last night when they told us that we were going by bus and today we're not", said Gerardo Perez, a 20-year-old migrant who was exhausted from the trip. Last year, US immigration courts handled 120,000 asylum requests, a fourfold increase since 2013.

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The U.S. fielded more than 330,000 asylum claims in 2017, almost double the number two years earlier and surpassing Germany as highest in the world. Well, we're not releasing them into our country any longer. A third band of about 500 from El Salvador has made it to Guatemala, and a fourth group of about 700 set out from the Salvadoran capital Wednesday.

Aerial view of Honduran migrants heading in a caravan to the United States, as they leave Arriaga on their way to San Pedro Tapanatepec, in southern Mexico on Saturday.

Last week officials indicated 800 to 1,000 troops might be sent.

Trump repeatedly blamed Democrats and the courts for the caravan and other unauthorised immigration.

The setback comes days after caravan leaders asked for "safe and dignified" transport to Mexico City, a checkpoint along the way for a group that has been dwindling in size as members either apply for protected status in Mexico or drop out over fatigue exacerbated by the sweltering weather conditions they have been facing.

A day after Mr. Trumptold The Washington Times that he would allow the military to use force "in a heartbeat", the president told reporters that he hopes any confrontations won't reach that point.

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Trump's comments Wednesday left some in the Pentagon scratching their heads.

"The real issue is whether the military is being used for partisan political purposes", said Dubik, a senior fellow with the Institute for the Study of War. And this week he is asserting he could act by executive order to unilaterally end birthright citizenship for the children of non-U.S. citizens.

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. The 53-second spot includes expletives uttered by Bracamontes during his trial as he professed regret at not killing more officials.

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The video includes scenes of migrants moving toward the USA and asks ominously, "Who else would Democrats let in?"

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