Trump's Options Will Plummet if Migrant Caravan Crosses Border

Trump's Options Will Plummet if Migrant Caravan Crosses Border

Trump's Options Will Plummet if Migrant Caravan Crosses Border

"I think there's a very good chance you have people in there", he said.

Other caravans are expected to set out from Central America in coming days, encouraged by reports that it is a safer way for migrants to undertake the perilous journey north. One official referred reporters to Mexican authorities.

Vice President Mike Pence earlier in the day asserted that "it's inconceivable that there are not people of Middle Eastern descent in a crowd of more than 7,000 people advancing toward our border". The problem comes if individuals or groups of individuals within the caravan do get across the border into the U.S. Then, Trump's options become much more limited. Pence said on Tuesday that the group was "financed by Venezuela", without providing evidence. The figure he cited was the overall number of known or suspected terrorists stopped from entering the country at all ports of entry.

It's still too soon to know exactly where along the vast US-Mexico border the bulk of this caravan will travel.

Tyler Houlton, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, later tweeted a message that the caravan includes people "who are gang members or have significant criminal histories".

Driver Johnny Morales Castellanos said officers told him to remove the migrants because "the insurance doesn't cover them because they're foreigners".

In a statement to Business Insider, Alyssa Farah, press secretary for the vice president, said, "In 2017 alone the United States apprehended on average 10 suspected terrorists a day attempting to enter the country illegally".

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The officials were weighing the legality of certain steps President Donald Trump's administration could take and looking at whether any processes could be changed to speed up the removal of migrants who have no legal basis to remain in the US, CNN quoted the DHS official as saying on Wednesday.

While the number of Central American families and children seeking asylum in the USA has increased in the past two years, Mexican economic migrants are crossing the border at historically low levels.

"Even if it's a short-term deployment, it's another step toward militarization of our border", Isacson said, adding that 40 percent of people being apprehended at the order are children and families.

America's Voice, a nonprofit immigrant advocacy organization, accused the administration of using fear and lies to whip up a "race-baiting frenzy" over border security ahead of the midterm elections. Apprehensions at the southwest border sometimes exceeded 1 million a year under President George W. Bush. So it's no wonder that in the final days before the 2018 midterm elections, President Donald Trump is doing everything he can to convince voters that a unsafe mob of migrants is preparing to force its way into the United States - and that voting for Republicans is the only way to stop it. The timing of the announcement is consistent with the border patrol's past practices.

Most of the caravan has come from Honduras and other Central American countries and are now in Mexico. In September, 16,658 people were caught crossing with at least one other relative, up from just under 13,000 in August and 4,200 in September 2017.

Under current immigration law, for example, all individuals are entitled to certain rights and legal protections while in the custody of the US government, including illegal aliens.

"And indeed, President Trump's Twitter comment yesterday that "Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country" is pure populism".

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