Published: Fri, October 26, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Mattis expected to send 800 more troops to southern border

Mattis expected to send 800 more troops to southern border

The move comes as thousands of Central American migrants were crossing Mexico toward the United States in a caravan, drawing near-daily criticism from Trump.

Trump, who has maintained a hard line on immigration since taking office a year ago, is considering a plan to ban entry of migrants at the southern border and deny them asylum, according to media reports. No one at CBP, including the Border Patrol, endorses this activity.

The planned deployment of active-duty troops is in response to a request from the Department of Homeland Security, which manages the Border Patrol.

Those support roles include "aerial detection, maintaining and repairing vehicles, and providing logistical support so that the Border Patrol is able to get badges back on the border to enforce the law", Amstutz said.

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The United Nations estimates that 7,000 people have joined the caravan since it set out from San Pedro Sula, Honduras October 13. Many are fleeing violence, poverty and government corruption in their home countries.

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"It's hard, and we know this country is unsafe too, but back in Honduras it's even more risky, they kill for nothing", said Josena Anibal Mejia, 27, as he walked with his daughter. And Trump, at rallies and on Twitter, has tried to paint the Democrats as pro-illegal immigration, even claiming, with no evidence, that Democrats had organized and paid for the caravan, which remains more than 1,000 miles from the US border.

Migrants who do reach the USA border can claim asylum under US and global law. When asked about Trump's tweets, they have generally responded that he should stop attacking them and said they would keep heading north.

"If someone migrates to the United States, it's to work, and working is not a crime", he said.

Despite the Trump administration's claims that the migrants are trying to enter "illegally", current US law allows foreign nationals to apply for asylum at a port of entry at the border.

The troops will also provide tents and medical care for border authorities in those areas. So far, only a little over 2,000 have been used. It's not yet exactly clear where they will deploy.

"Wait'll you see what happens over the next couple of weeks".

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