Trump says number of troops at border could reach 15K, baffling Pentagon

Trump says number of troops at border could reach 15K, baffling Pentagon

Trump says number of troops at border could reach 15K, baffling Pentagon

As thousands of Central Americans march through Mexico toward the U.S. border, Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Geronimo Gutierrez joins former acting ICE Director Tom Homan on "The Ingraham Angle" to debate solutions to stopping migrant caravans.

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump kept up the pressure on Mexico Wednesday to halt groups of migrants heading to the American border, as the U.S. enters the final stretch of campaigning before key midterm elections.

Mexico's top security official has appeared to suggest there was some kind of conspiracy behind the two migrant caravans already in Mexico, related to the November 6 USA midterm elections.

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced a plan to change United States asylum rules, as he seeks to use a group of Central American migrants heading for the USA border as part of his closing argument to voters ahead of the midterms. Rights organisations decried the earlier announcement, describing it as an abuse of the military to "further [the president's] anti-immigrant agenda of fear and division".

"They should apply to come into our country", he added.

Trump has sought to use immigration as an issue to motivate Republican voters ahead of the November 6 elections, where Republicans will seek to maintain control of both congressional chambers.

"It's a unsafe group of people", Trump said of the latest caravan of mostly impoverished Central Americans trying to walk through Mexico to the U.S. border.

"Republicans want strong borders, no crime, no chaos, and no caravans". They're trying to get up any way they can.

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A federal official who was not authorized to be quoted by name said 153 migrants in the second caravan were detained Wednesday during highway inspections in the southern state of Chiapas, a short distance from the Guatemalan border.

"Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrant children are made automatic citizens every year because of this insane policy", Trump said at the rally, "and they are all made instantly eligible for every privilege and benefit of American citizenship at a cost of billions of dollars a year".

With the election just days away, Trump has called for ending "birthright citizenship" by executive order, tweeted an inflammatory video, and accused Democrats of 'liquidating the border'.

The current number of troops deployed to the border is 5,239, the head of Northern Command, Gen. Terence O'Shaughnessy, said on Tuesday.

Asked if he envisions U.S. troops firing upon anyone in the groups of migrants, Trump told reporters at the White House: "I hope not, I hope not - but it's the military".

President Donald Trump put forward the claim that the caravans are "a lot" larger than what is being reported - and cited his own skills at estimating crowd sizes to back it up.

Trump highlighted the case of Luis Bracamontes, a twice-deported immigrant from Mexico sentenced to death in California for killing two police officers. There was no indication from officials whether the request to transport the perhaps 4,000 people remaining in the group would be granted. It adds: "Democrats let him into our country..."

Dozens of migrants interviewed at random over the last several days told us something similar about why they left: They dreamed of a better opportunity for themselves and their families in the United States and recognized that the caravan provided a safer way to make the journey. On Monday, officials announced that about 5,200 were being deployed.

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