At least 800 troops to be sent to US-Mexico border

At least 800 troops to be sent to US-Mexico border

At least 800 troops to be sent to US-Mexico border

The order comes as thousands of Central American migrants continue their caravan trek through Mexico toward the hoped-for, but still far-distant US border.

The New York Times reported on Thursday night that the administration was considering an order that would bar migrants, including those requesting asylum, who try to enter the country from Mexico, a significant escalation of presidential power on immigration policy.

He told them to return to their home countries and if they want, they can apply for citizenship status like millions of others are doing.

This time, according to officials briefed on the discussions, Trump's aides had been looking at sending many more troops - up to 10,000 - to aid in addressing the migrant flow, as they scrambled to satisfy a president demanding a muscular response.

The migrants, who number in the thousands and include many women and children, are fleeing poverty and violence in Honduras and Guatemala, and are trekking through Mexico in hopes of reaching the US border. In April, the Pentagon authorized 4,000 National Guard troops to head to the southern border to aid USA and Customs and Border Protection. Trump wrote in a tweet Monday.

He vowed that he would not allow them into the country.

CNN said that troops will have the right to defend themselves, but will not directly take part in stopping illegal immigration.

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Numerous migrants are fleeing poverty and insecurity in Honduras, where powerful street gangs rule their turf with brutal violence.

Trump last week threatened to cut off foreign aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador should the caravan of people fleeing their homeland attempt to cross into the USA illegally.

Trump had signaled his intention to send more troops last week, tweeting that unless Mexico stopped the "onslaught" of people from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, he would "call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!"

Those troops are mainly serving in a support role to help free up border patrol officers.

He said those trying to enter the U.S.

Federal law prohibits the use of active-duty service members for law enforcement inside the USA unless specifically authorized by Congress. On Friday, Nielsen is scheduled to travel to California to visit a newly constructed border barrier that the Department of Homeland Security describes as "President Trump's 30-foot border wall". So far, only a little over 2,000 have been used. "You're going to see a very secure border", he said.

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