Trump Threatens Shooting Of Central American Migrants Who Throw Stones

Mexico's ambassador to US claims there are very violent migrants in caravan

Trump pressures Mexico to stop migrant caravans

President Donald Trump is spreading misleading rhetoric about the nature of Central American migrants heading to the US border and grossly inflating the number of immigrants living in the USA illegally.

President Donald Trump says asylum seekers must go to ports of entry in order to make a claim. "We've seen violence coming out of the caravan and we've seen as they've passed other global borders, we've seen them behave in a nature that has not been what we've seen in the past".

The migrants have not said what route they intend to take northward or where on the US border they planned to reach, and Juchitan, still about 900 miles from USA soil, was something of a crossroads. "We have thousands of tents".

The caravan of migrants is still hundreds of miles from the border.

His comments came just days before the midterm elections, and seemed created to excite his base as a group of Central American migrants makes its way through Mexico toward the southern USA border.

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The president's idea to limit asylum seekers to those who have arrived at designated ports of entry could particularly impact those in the most risky circumstances, notes Geoffrey Hoffman, director of University of Houston Law Center's Immigration Clinic. According to the Homeland Security Department, about 20 percent of claimants are granted asylum. "And we now have 25 or 30 million people in this country illegally, because of what's been happening over many years." - remarks Wednesday to reporters.

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.

But a second, smaller caravan about 200 miles behind the first group appeared to be more leaderless, get less press attention and be more vulnerable. A third band of about 500 from El Salvador made it to Guatemala, and a fourth group of about 700 set out from the Salvadoran capital Wednesday.

Trump has nonetheless mounted an enormous show of force in response.

Thousands of Central American migrants resumed their slow trek through southern Mexico on Thursday, as immigration agents and police nibbled at the edges of the two caravans now in the country. On Monday, they announced that about 5,200 were being deployed.

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The president said that may change, and in particular he may authorize troops to use force.

While it's true the underlying laws were the same, the Trump administration mandated anyone caught crossing the border illegally was to be criminally prosecuted. "They are going to stay with us until the deportation hearing".

Trump has rejected the idea he has been "fearmongering" and using the issue for political purposes, but on Thursday he blamed Democrats for the "incompetent, very, very stupid laws that we have". He also has said he plans an executive order to unilaterally end the constitutionally protected right of citizenship for children born to non-U.S. citizens.

"President Trump's attempt to paint peaceful families seeking asylum as a national security threat is as absurd as it is cruel", said advocacy group Human Rights First in a statement.

The video includes scenes of migrants moving toward the US and asks ominously, "Who else would Democrats let in?" Horton, who was black, raped a woman while out of prison on a weekend furlough. He lost to Republican George H.W. Bush.

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