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Pentagon: 5000 Troops Will Be Deployed To U.S.-Mexico Border

Pentagon: 5000 Troops Will Be Deployed To U.S.-Mexico Border

Worn down from long kilometres of walking and frustrated by the slow progress, many have been dropping out and returning home or applying for protected status in Mexico.

The massive deployment - about five times more troops than Pentagon officials indicated they initially planned to send last week - would bring to the border a military force roughly equal to the US military deployment in Iraq and Syria to fight the Islamic State. Since then, two more caravans of migrants have set off. For her, the last straw was when her husband told her that her 3-year-old daughter back home had stopped eating because she missed her mother.

Hernandez added she made a decision to drop out of the caravan after hearing from her husband her 3-year-old daughter back home had stopped eating because she missed her mother.

A Honduran woman who abandoned her family "had chose to continue north one way or another". Many fled that country weeks ago to join the caravan in a bid to escape Honduras' pervasive poverty and violence. He also said Mexico was prepared to offer asylum to members of the caravan. Migrants from El Salvador reportedly beat a Guatamalan man after mistaking him for a kidnapper.

Several hundred migrants tried to cross the Suchiate River from Guatemala to Mexico en masse on Monday, but were met by ranks of Mexican federal police who blocked them from entering.

The caravan of migrants clash with the Guatemalan Police, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala.

Experts widely dismissed the idea that the president could unilaterally change the rules on who is a citizen and said it's highly questionable whether an act of Congress could do it, either.

At a meeting brokered by Mexico's National Human Rights Commission, police said they would reopen the highway and only wanted an opportunity for federal authorities to explain the proposal to migrants who had rejected it the previous evening.

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Once on the Mexican side, the migrants were surrounded and escorted by dark-uniformed officers as sirens wailed. The riverbank standoff with Mexico police followed a more violent confrontation Sunday when the migrants used sticks and rocks against officers. They were deported. The department said in a statement that the men were part of "the migrant caravan", but did not say which group or specify when they were detained at checkpoints in the southern state of Chiapas.

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Trump railed against illegal immigration to win the 2016 presidential election and has seized on the caravan of Central American migrants at campaign rallies in the run-up to next week's vote.

Pressed for clarification, however, he conceded the Pentagon has viewed the caravan as "different than what we've seen in the past", The Hill reported.

Migrants hitch rides on trucks and buses along their journey.

"We are helping our brothers from other countries with food, water, and transportation", Nolasco said.

The migrants are walking towards the United States despite threats from President Donald Trump to employ the military to prevent them from entering.

Organizers of the caravan, which is now estimated at some 4,000 people after ballooning to 8,500 at one point, demanded that Mexican authorities provide transport so it could reach Mexico City as the group continued north on October 29, after the group arrived in the Oaxaca state town of Niltepec, some 463 miles (746 kilometers) from the country's capital. It said the Glock failed to fire, and no agents were injured.


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