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Trump’s newest announcement on migrant caravan is deathly serious

02 November 2018

The US will adopt harsh, Israeli-style tactics and will treat migrants at the Mexican border as armed and unsafe invaders if they throw rocks at US law enforcement, Donald Trump has stressed amid a mass military deployment.

The president's remarks, 5 days before U.S. voters determine which party will control Congress and state governorships across the country, drew immediate criticism as an effort to generate fear and energize his political base.

The US leader also blamed the Democrats for creating a legal system which is being abused by those coming illegally to the United States, stressing that asylum is a "very special protection intended for only those fleeing government persecution based on race, religion, and another protective status". He also has said he plans an executive order to unilaterally end the constitutionally protected right of citizenship for children born to non-U.S. citizens. "They should apply to come into our country".

Trump was slammed late on Wednesday after he tweeted an anti-immigrant online campaign video blaming Democrats and suggesting, without evidence, that the caravan includes murderers. He deemed the group of migrants from Central America a threat to Americans. He made his comments at the White House in a speech that was billed as a response to groups of migrants now walking toward the US border. Trump referred to the movement as an "invasion". No, we're stopping people at the border.

Donald Trump has told the U.S. military, mobilising at the south-west border, that any rocks thrown by migrants should be considered as firearms. "We're going to consider it - and I told them, 'consider that a rifle.' When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexico military and police, I say 'consider it a rifle'". "They are going to stay with us until the deportation hearing". But, Trump added, anybody throwing stones and rocks, like they did in Mexico, that would be considered as a firearm, because "there's not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock".

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A Pentagon spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Davis, declined to discuss specifics on the military's potential use of force, but said that United States troops "always have the inherent right of self-defense".

The number of such immigrants had reached a height of 12.2 million in 2007, representing about 4 percent of the US population, before declining due in part to a weakening USA economy.

TRUMP: "President Obama separated the children from parents and nobody complained". "The president is fear mongering to score political points ahead of a contentious election at the expense of people's lives".

Immigration officials have turned away asylum-seekers at ports of entry because of overcrowding, telling them to return at a later date.

"If these caravans are allowed into our country, only bigger and more emboldened caravans will follow ... and you see that's what's happening now", Trump said.

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His comments raise serious questions about rules of engagement the thousands of troops being sent to operate along the USA border are supposed to follow, and it doesn't fall in line with what Pentagon officials have outlined so far.

-Mexican border to provide support for Border Patrol agents as a caravan of migrants slowly makes its way northward from Central America, a Defense Department official told Fox News on Thursday evening.

Republican lawmakers and other Trump supporters have applauded the deployment. But critics argue Trump has manufactured a crisis to drive Republican voters to the polls.

TRUMP: "We're not doing releases".

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Trump’s newest announcement on migrant caravan is deathly serious