Trump on Migrants Throwing Rocks: ‘I Didn’t Say Shoot’

Trump on Migrants Throwing Rocks: ‘I Didn’t Say Shoot’

Trump on Migrants Throwing Rocks: ‘I Didn’t Say Shoot’

Though that caravan once numbered as many as 7,000, it has shrunk significantly, although it has become hard to give an exact number as migrants have advanced toward small towns any way they can.

Trump, who has vowed to close the border, said in an interview Monday with conservative TV and radio host Laura Ingraham that the USA would allow migrants to file asylum claims, but that they would be forced to live in "tent cities" while they await court rulings, a process that can take years.

Some of the migrants making their way through Mexico en route to the United States are suing President Donald Trump, saying their Constitutional rights are being violated over Trump's insistence that the caravans containing thousands of people will be stopped at the border. So far, it is not certain whether any operative suffered any injury but Guatemalan officers were hurt.

The exact rules for the use of force by military police and other soldiers who will be operating near the border have not been disclosed, but in all cases troops have the right of self-defense.

"I hope there won't be that", Trump said, but added that anybody throwing rocks at the military service members will be considered to be using a firearm, "because there's not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock". There are billions of people in the world living at the poverty level.

Saira Cabrera, a 36-year-old migrant traveling with her husband and two children aged 7 and 13, said she was frustrated.

TRUMP: "At this very moment, large well-organized caravans of migrants are marching towards our southern border".

Mr Trump told reporters on Thursday that immigrants "cost our country billions and billions of dollars each year", adding that they put an "enormous strain on our local schools".

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Responding to Mr Yunes in an open letter, the migrants said the governor's decision to withdraw his offer to help transport people hundreds of kilometres was unacceptable.

Trump's speech in the Roosevelt Room is his latest attempt to make immigration the central issue for Republicans in Tuesday's midterm elections. What's been happening over years is they would come in, release them, and they would never show up for their trial.

Central American migrants, part of the caravan hoping to reach the US border, get a ride on a truck, in Donaji, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018.

The lawsuit demands that the federal government allow the migrants to plead for asylum, but there is no evidence that President Donald Trump intends to prevent the migrants from asking for asylum.

In a speech at the White House on Thursday, Trump ratcheted up his attacks on the migrants, insisting without evidence that the impoverished families walking toward the US are violent invaders who will endanger Americans' safety if they're allowed into the country.

The president announced on Wednesday that he was considering deploying up to 15,000 troops to the U.S. That group includes Hondurans, Salvadorans and some Guatemalans. The Pentagon said "more than 7,000" troops were being sent to the southwest border to support Customs and Border Protection agents, though troop numbers have been changing at a dizzying pace.

Trump was clarifying his previous remarks from the day before and appeared to walk back the suggestion that he would authorize the use of lethal force against a rock thrower.

The speech follows a series of proposals and statements on immigration that Trump's opponents have called outlandish stunts.

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