Defense Secretary Approves Sending More Troops to Mexican Border

Pentagon to send 'several hundred' troops to US-Mexico border, says official

Pentagon to send 'several hundred' troops to US-Mexico border, says official

A program dubbed "You are home" was launched by the Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Friday, promising shelter, medical attention, schooling and jobs to Central Americans who agree to stay in the southern Mexico states of Chiapas or Oaxaca, far from the U.S. border. They then added: "No, we're heading north!"

"It's not so easy to walk this road alone and with children", the 23-year-old said, sitting with her sister and their daughters under a tarp near the main square in the southern Mexican town of Pijijiapan. 'Our goal is to make it to the (U.S). "But we don't want to do that", he said explaining the reason for calling in the military.

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. "They will be stopped!"

Thousands of Central American migrants took a break Sunday on their long journey through southern Mexico, but vowed to press ahead toward the US border roughly 1,000 miles away, with Mexican government agencies seeming to waver between helping and hindering.

However, the Mexican government said that it calculated the number of people at about 3,600.

Estimates vary significantly on the group's size, which has morphed as some migrants return home and newcomers join.

Martin Rojas, an agent from Mexico's migrant protection agency Grupo Beta, said he and his fellow agents planned to use agency pickup trucks to help stragglers catch up with the caravan.

Administration officials with knowledge of the speech preparations said the exact measures Trump will announce remain under discussion, as attorneys from the Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and White House try to craft policies that put the administration on the least-vulnerable legal footing.

The migrants are part of caravan, mostly Hondurans, who are making their way to the United States.

A banner hanging over a bridge on the migrants' path read: "Your hearts are fearless, don't give up".

Shocking images show Mexican police using plastic shields to block migrants travelling towards the U.S. border. Others went to soak themselves in the nearby Novillero river.

President Trump has firmly stated that migrants will not be allowed to enter the country illegally, and hundreds of USA troops are set to make their way to the southern border to help Homeland Security and National Guard troops deal with the caravan. From 1975 through the end of 2017, 9 Americans have been murdered in attacks committed on USA soil by 20 foreign-born terrorists who entered illegally or as asylees.

The National Guard is often used by states to help with border security.

"We do not have any intention right now to shoot at people, but they will be apprehended, however", she continued.

He asked who wanted a dialogue when they arrive in Mexico City, and a sea of hands shot up.

They're determined to make it to the United States.

Mexican police in riot gear briefly blocked the march of men, women and children as they neared Oaxaca state before dawn, to relay the offer of temporary identification papers, jobs or education for those seeking asylum in Mexico.

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