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

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Yesterday, Trump said 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 defence officials.

The U.S. fielded more than 330,000 asylum claims in 2017, almost double the number two years earlier and surpassing Germany as highest in the world.

"The U.S. laws are quite clear on what has to happen when somebody presents at the southern border seeking asylum protection, and there isn't really any way that an executive action can change the process", says Denise Gilman, director of the Immigration Clinic at University of Texas Law School.

"A group of people in the migrant caravan is suing the US government in federal court", said Daily Mail David Martosko, Daily Mail editor. They don't care because they're in the country and nobody knows where they are.

Thousands of Central American migrants traveling in a caravan through southern Mexico resumed their journey Saturday toward the United States by hitchhiking and walking along highways.

If they repeat the performance made on the Guatemala-Mexico border, one group of soldiers from Fort Carson, Colorado stands ready to disrupt their plans.

President Trump told reporters Friday the military "won't have to fire" on migrants if they throw rocks at the military or other federal officials at the border. "We're going to have tents".

Also, on missions on US soil, where they are serving in a support role to civilian government agencies, the military cannot perform law enforcement duties, such as arrests, if the incident occurs outside of federal property such as a military base. "When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexican military and police, I say consider it a rifle". And so they did, some for days in the cold and rain.

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Narzilloev ran a construction supply business in Moscow, but fled after he was extorted by local mafia and received death threats, including one from a man who called and said he knew where Narzilloev's son attended kindergarten, Narzilloev said. "I told them, 'Consider it a rifle"'.

Trump spoke during a presentation of his controversial policy on cracking down against what he says is uncontrolled illegal immigration.


Last week officials indicated 800 to 1,000 troops might be sent. Tom Udall, a New Mexico Democrat, issued a statement calling for "fair and orderly processing of asylum seekers".

"Seeking asylum is a fundamental human right". In fact, women and children are commonplace among the caravaners, who have said they intend to seek legal asylum in the United States.

The policy resulted in 2,654 children being separated and widespread outrage before Trump canceled it in June. And laws prevent children from being detained beyond 20 days. Federal prosecutors have also fought to narrow the definition of political asylum.

Mr Trump reiterated that he wanted to set up "tent cities" to hold people coming to the U.S., including those seeking asylum.

It might be true there are some criminals mixed in with the throngs, given the sheer number of migrants.

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has left no doubt that his top priority as leader of the military is making it more "lethal" better at war and more prepared for it and yet nothing about the military's new mission at the US-Mexico border advances that goal. "Asylum claims made by migrants caught crossing the border illegally would seemingly be summarily denied under Trump's proposal".

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