Trump threatens to shoot migrants who throw stones near border

Trump threatens to shoot migrants who throw stones near border

Trump threatens to shoot migrants who throw stones near border

In a new poll by NumbersUSA, about 65 percent of likely voters in swing districts this election cycle say the migrant caravan headed to the U.S.to overwhelm the country's asylum and immigration system needs to be kept out of the country.

One Honduran woman, who witnessed her husband's murder three years ago, said she joined the caravan to seek opportunities to send money back home to help provide for her son's expensive medical care.

Federal law provides that any immigrant in the United States may apply for asylum, regardless of whether he or she enters the country through a designated port of entry.

Under the current Immigration and Nationality Act, "Any alien who is physically present in the United States or who arrives in the United States (whether or not at a designated port of arrival and including an alien who is brought to the United States after having been interdicted in global or United States waters), irrespective of such alien's status, may apply for asylum in accordance with this section".

"Migrants seeking asylum will have to present themselves lawfully at a port of entry", Trump told reporters in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on November 1. "Instead, migrants seeking asylum will have to present themselves lawfully at a port of entry". Administration officials have told The AP that Trump intends to invoke the same authority he used to push through his controversal travel ban, but it's not clear if that's what he was doing with Thursday's speech.

U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday he told the U.S. military mobilizing at the Southwest border that if the group of migrants traveling from Central America tries to throw rocks at them, the troops should act as though the rocks are "rifles".

Under current protocol, many asylum seekers are released while their cases make their way through backlogged courts - a process that can take years. "Some have been waiting for many years".

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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 US border. "We'll go up to anywhere between 10,000 and 15,000 military personnel on top of Border Patrol, ICE and everybody else at the border".

Mexico on Wednesday put the size of the caravan that left Honduras in mid-October at 2,800 to 3,000 people.

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.

There are now four caravans. A third band of about 500 from El Salvador has made it to Guatemala, and a fourth group of about 700 set out from the Salvadoran capital Wednesday. The main group of about 4,000 migrants - down from its estimated peak of more than 7,000 - remains in southern Mexico, hundreds of miles from the border. Trump referred to the movement as an "invasion".

The migrant caravan making its way toward the US border hasn't stopped but it is seeing some attrition after Mexico refused to provide the group with transportation. "They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back", he said. He says he will issue an executive order next week on immigration.

Trump has rejected the idea he has been "fearmongering" and using the issue for political purposes, but his escalating rhetoric in the final days of the campaign calls that denial into question.

The number of such immigrants had reached a height of 12.2 million in 2007, representing about 4 percent of the US population, before declining due in part to a weakening USA economy.

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