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Donald Trump suggests military could fire at caravan if people throw stones

Donald Trump suggests military could fire at caravan if people throw stones

Asylum-seekers are encouraged to go to ports of entry to legally seek asylum, but misinformation and increasingly long wait times lead to some crossing the border and asking for help afterward instead.

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.

President Trump announced late on Wednesday that his military surge along the border with Mexico could eventually see 15,000 troops deployed, three times the number previously been reported. "They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back", Trump said during a White House press conference about immigration.

Trump has ramped up his tough stance on illegal immigration in recent days, specially targeting a Central American caravan of migrants making its way through Mexico to the US' southern border.

The parents of six minors, all now travelling north through southern Mexico, are the plaintiffs in a civil action filed Thursday in a District of Columbia court against Trump and nine top Trump administration officials.

He downplayed how many women and children were among the groups, suggesting they were being placed at the front for effect and that actually "a lot of rough people" were present. "You put them and all law enforcement in a very hard emotional, let alone security posture". Under a settlement agreement with the USA known as Flores, migrant children must be released either to guardians or to facilities supervised by the Department of Health and Human Services after no more than 20 days in immigration detention. But Trump said he would limit that to official crossing points.

TRUMP: "President Obama separated the children from parents and nobody complained".

Several immigration experts have pointed out the Obama administration did not implement a policy of separating families.

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The issue is likely to come to a head when a caravan of several thousand Central Americans now heading north through Mexico arrives at the US border. Earlier in the week, the US President had claimed the migrant caravan had claimed there were terrorists, unknown Middle-Easterners and MS-13 gang members in the caravan, even while admitting he had no proof. It adds: "Democrats let him into our country..."

At a campaign rally in Miami on Friday, former President Barack Obama accused Mr Trump of cynical politics and a political stunt over his plans to send troops to the Mexican border.

Last week, after 20 immigrants from Cuba, Honduras, Mexico and Russian Federation arrived at the border bridge in El Paso, U.S. officers stationed in the middle of the bridge - the "limit line" - told them to wait.

Former DHS Secretary Ridge told VOA, "There are bigger threats" to the USA than the migrants. The terrorists that send pipe bombs to political figures and journalists is a serious threat.

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On Thursday, Trump claimed this immigration crisis is largely caused by the US having "the hottest economy anywhere in the world". Other caravans, also made up of people who have left poverty and violence at home, have since followed.

To support the reason he is embarking on the new policy, Trump said that upon releasing asylum seekers, "they never show up at the trials". "The United States can not possibly absorb them all", Trump said during a news conference at the White House.

Republican lawmakers and other Trump supporters have applauded the military deployment.