More Than 5000 Troops Deployed To The Border

Central American migrants try to force their way through a customs gate at the border bridge connecting Guatemala and Mexico in Tecun Uman

It means that within days, the U.S. military will have more than three times as many troops along the southern border as it does fighting Islamic State in Syria.

Migrants walk along train tracks in Mexico.

Last month, US agents arrested a record number of migrant family members along the border, and more than half of those taken into custody now are parents with children or minors traveling along, McAleenan said.

U.S. President Donald Trump has hardened his stance on immigration ahead of November 6 congressional elections.

Trump railed against illegal immigration to win the 2016 presidential election and has seized on the caravan of Central American migrants at campaign rallies in the run-up to next week's vote. One U.S. official said the troops will be sent initially to staging bases in California, Texas and Arizona while the CBP works out precisely where it wants the troops positioned. The trip could be twice as long if the migrants head for the Tijuana-San Diego frontier, as another caravan did earlier this year.

A U.S. official said yesterday that in addition to 5,200 troops deployed to the southwest border with Mexico, the Pentagon has put 2,000 to 3,000 other active-duty troops on standby in case they also are needed.

That's in addition to the more than 2,000 members of the National Guard already helping at the border now.

"If you wanna wait, they don't usually get asylum".

Customs and Border Protection is pushing a surge in personnel in response to the caravan of Central American immigrants, which is still hundreds of miles from the USA border.

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Additionally, officials were monitoring another group of about 3,000 people that had gathered at a border crossing between Guatemala and Mexico.

General of the US air force on meet the press said that "to the end of the week referred to the military contingent will be placed in the South-Western sector of our border, and this is only the beginning of large-scale operations". We're going to hold them, we're going to build tent cities, we're gonna build tents all over the place.

Migrants are entitled under both USA and worldwide law to apply for asylum.

The president offered no evidence of "gang members" and "very bad people" in the caravan.

"Sending active military forces to our southern border is not only a huge waste of taxpayer money, but an unnecessary course of action that will further terrorize and militarize our border communities", said Shaw Drake of the American Civil Liberties Union's border rights center at El Paso, Texas.

Trump said the United States would build "tent cities" to house migrants seeking asylum, rather than releasing them while they await court decisions. The troops expected to be sent to the border will primarily consist of military police and engineers, but the military also reportedly plans to send Marines.

The U.S. military still had no firm idea of what the operation would cost, he added.

The projected US deployment is already roughly the same size as the USA military contingent in Iraq.

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