Sunday, 22 September, 2019

Trump threatens to close southern USA border over caravan of migrants

Trump threatens a new crackdown on immigration as a record number of families are crossing the border Trump calls for military action at Mexican border to halt immigrant caravan — which he blames on Democrats
Patty Aguilar | 18 October, 2018, 20:27

Donald Trump has threatened to deploy soldiers to the border with Mexico and close it off to stop the "large caravans" of migrants from Central America coming to the US.

As with a similar march in April, organizers of the march claim they will claim refugee status when they reach the US border with Mexico. There are now United States troops deployed on the frontier with Mexico, with National Guard members from Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California working on border security. And it is also true that previous migrant flows have already exhausted our government's resources for detaining asylum-seekers and processing their claims (although, this is partly because the Trump administration refuses to expand alternatives to mass detention, largely out of a principled commitment to treating migrants with wanton cruelty). Democrats in 2013 led the charge to overhaul the nation's immigration laws, an effort that stalled because of opposition from Republicans who controlled the House.

"The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA", Trump tweeted.

Trump also attempted to politicize the issue Thursday by claiming - without providing evidence - that Democrats are backing the human movement to bolster what he said was the party's preference for "open borders and existing weak laws". That episode caused a spat between the United States and Mexico and was used to justify a deployment of National Guard troops to the border.

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When troops were previously mobilised by Trump in response to unlawful migration, their mission has been mostly passive support for border agents, like logistics and surveillance. Federal law prohibits military personnel from conducting law enforcement duties on USA soil, with exceptions for military bases and related properties.

On Wednesday, Mexican officials said those in the Honduran caravan with proper documents could enter the country and those without it would have to apply for refugee status or face deportation.

The migrants say they organized for the long and hard journey on social media, but Washington suspects the group has been organized as a deliberate provocation.

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