Trump suggests up to 15,000 troops could deploy to border

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has left no doubt that his top priority as leader of the military is making it more “lethal” better at war and more prepared for it and yet nothing about the military’s new mission at the US-Mexico border advances that

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has left no doubt that his top priority as leader of the military is making it more “lethal” better at war and more prepared for it and yet nothing about the military’s new mission at the US-Mexico border advances that

The groups of migrants Trump has sought to cast as a threat to the United States are still in southern Mexico, hundreds of miles (kilometers) from the U.S. border. Administration officials have railed against what they say are loopholes created to encourage people, especially from Central America, to come to the US and claim asylum.

Trump frequently describes illegal immigrants - a tiny minority of whom have formed groups to attempt walking hundreds of miles to the USA border - as "rapists" and "thugs".

President Donald Trump maintained his focus on immigration Wednesday, saying Central American migrants in at least two caravans moving north toward the US border include "tough fighters" and criticizing the Mexican military for being "unable or unwilling" to deter them.

Mr Trump has been accused of playing up concerns over immigration to help drive up turnout among his supporters, with the Republican majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives on the line at next week's elections.

Trump held the press conference in response to what the administration has deemed a "crisis at our southern border" as thousands of migrants from Central and South America are days away from reaching the U.S. Border.

Worn down from long miles of walking and frustrated by the slow progress, many migrants have been dropping out and returning home or applying for protected status in Mexico.

Mexican Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete Prida said about 2,300 migrants have applied to stay in Mexico under a government plan, and hundreds more have accepted assisted repatriation.

When asked on Thursday if troops would use force on migrants and refugees, Trump said if individuals are throwing rocks, they would be treated as if they have firearms.

"We'll be doing an executive order sometime next week", he said, giving little further detail.

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

He also said asylum seekers must go to ports of entry in order to make a claim. Trump did not say if he obtained the alleged information from US intelligence agencies, Mexican intelligence officials or right-leaning cable news outlets.

Trump repeatedly blamed Democrats and the courts for the caravan and other unauthorized immigration.

Airman 1st Class Trevor Pearce briefs troops aboard a C-17 Globemaster III at Fort Knox, Kentucky, on October 30, 2018, part of the support for Operation Faithful Patriot. That ad depicted a mug shot of an African-American felon named Willie Horton, a convicted murderer, who was let out under a weekend furlough program supported by his Democratic opponent, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.

In his Wednesday tweet, Trump highlighted the case of Luis Bracamontes, a twice-deported immigrant from Mexico sentenced to death in California for killing two police officers. The 53-second spot includes expletives uttered by Bracamontes during his trial as he professed regret at not killing more officials.

It appears that the USA president is willing to allocate unlimited resources to stopping the migrants piercing the United States border, pointing out on Wednesday that up to 15,000 military personnel could be sent to the southern frontier. On Monday, officials announced that about 5,200 were being deployed.

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