Trump to deliver remarks on immigration, as he fumes over border security

Migrants travelling towards the United States taking a rest along a road hoping to hitch a ride on a passing vehicle

Migrants travelling towards the United States taking a rest along a road hoping to hitch a ride on a passing vehicle

At one point, in response to a question from a reporter about if he would foresee a situation where the military may fire on the Central American migrants making their way to the border, he said that the United States military will consider a rock held in the hands of migrants the same as a firearm. He made his comments at the White House in a rambling, campaign-style speech that was billed as a response to caravans of migrants traveling slowly by foot toward the USA border. They also stopped some overloaded pickup trucks carrying migrants and forced them to get off.

Trump told journalists at the White House that a group of several thousand migrants attempting to walk from Central America through Mexico had thrown rocks "viciously and violently" at Mexican police. Notably, he said his executive order would come next week, which means it could be after Election Day.

Trump said on Wednesday that the United States could send as many as 15,000 troops to the border to confront the migrant caravan, more than twice the number previously disclosed by defense officials.

The Immigration and Nationality Act states: "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 or, where applicable, section 235 (b)". Administration officials have railed against what they say are loopholes created to encourage people, especially from Central America, to come to the USA and claim asylum.

His comments were the latest twist in a story that has pushed the Pentagon unhappily into the political space, prompting questions about whether Defence Secretary Jim Mattis was allowing the military to be leveraged as a political stunt. And laws prevent children from being detained beyond 20 days.

The president announced on Wednesday that he was considering deploying up to 15,000 troops to the U.S.

Active-duty troops began arriving at the U.S. -Mexico border on Thursday to provide support for border patrol agents as a caravan of migrants slowly makes its way north.

In any case, Fox News also reports that there was some confusion over whether the caravan was heading for the California border or for the much closer border crossing in McAllen, Texas. An official says there are about 2,600 USA troops now at staging bases, largely in Texas, with several thousand more expected to flow in through the weekend and move into California and Arizona.

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On Tuesday, Trump announced that more than 5 000 active duty soldiers were being sent.

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

Trump's statement - which comes just days before the midterm elections - appears to be in response to a caravan of thousands of migrants headed toward the USA border.

It's unclear whether the restrictions would apply only to those traveling in the caravans or would extend beyond the caravans to all people trying to enter the country.

That's according to three people familiar with the plans who spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.

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It was reminiscent of the infamous "Willie Horton" ad used against Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis in 1988 and condemned as racist.

Trump referenced clashes between armed police and caravan participants at Mexico's border with Guatemala. The 53-second spot includes expletives uttered by Bracamontes during his trial as he professed regret at not killing more officials.

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