Mattis expected to send 800 more troops to southern border

Migrants

As the migrant caravan from Honduras approaches the US southern border, the President has just one message: "turnaround".

Per the New York Times, the president is actually considering taking steps to block migrants and asylum seekers from comign into the country in the coming days.

"Trump should be more humanitarian", she said.

He told them to return to their home countries and if they want, they can apply for citizenship status like millions of others are doing. The official was not authorized to speak publicly because the details had not yet been finalized and spoke on condition of anonymity.

But four days after crossing into Mexico, the caravan is still more than 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) from the USA border. There already are about 2,000 National Guard troops assisting at the border under a previous Pentagon arrangement. We are a generous and welcoming people here in the United States but those who enter the country illegally and those who employ them disrespect the rule of law and they are showing disregard for those following the law. Many in the group are women and children believed to be seeking refuge from violence and economic hardship.

The Department of Homeland Security requested the troops, NPR's Tom Bowman reports, after President Trump said he is intent on stopping any of the migrants from crossing the border.

As for Trump's long-promised border wall, one woman said border walls in general are "just wrong". But the longer-term implications could be more profound, potentially shutting down altogether an avenue - permitted under both US and worldwide law - that many people fleeing violence and persecution use to take refuge here.

But Nielsen warned: "This caravan can not come to the United States. They will not be allowed to stay".

One piece of the action under consideration would use an authority similar to that invoked by the travel ban, which would block entry to unauthorized immigrants who are not yet in the USA, said the three sources.

Those troops are mainly serving in a support role to help free up border patrol officers. "The president should not be using the military to further a partisan agenda".

Federal law prohibits the use of active-duty service members for law enforcement inside the USA unless specifically authorized by Congress. "Wait'll you see what happens over the next couple of weeks".

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