Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Migrant caravan must walk as Mexico ignores demand for buses

Migrant caravan must walk as Mexico ignores demand for buses

With more than 5,000 soldiers already being sent, Trump told reporters "we'll do up to anywhere between 10 and 15,000 military personnel".

There are now four caravans making their way toward the U.S. The main group of about 4,000 migrants - down from its estimated peak of more than 7,000 - remains in southern Mexico, on foot and hundreds of miles from the border.

Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said Tuesday that USA authorities are tracking the caravan of refugees, now estimated at around 3,500 people, as well as another group between Guatemala and Mexico of about 3,000 people.

The Pentagon has said it is sending 5,200 troops to the border, and Trump on Wednesday issued this warning to the caravan members: "Our military is being mobilized at the Southern Border".

Security on the southern border has rarely involved active-duty troops and 15,000 troops would mean a similar size deployment to the United States war effort in Afghanistan.

Before Trump's comments, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday rejected criticism that deploying thousands of troops to the border with Mexico was a political stunt. A further two caravans, smaller in size, have also formed.

Yet Trump's announcement Wednesday that "up to 15,000" troops will be sent to the border has only fueled scrutiny from critics who have condemned the deployment as a political stunt by a President eager to fire up his political base just days away from the midterm elections. This follows the present deployment of 5,000 active-duty soldiers to the region to stop the entry of a migrant caravan as it makes its way through Mexico.

Trump played the traditional presidential role of healer-in-chief at the Tree of Life synagogue, laying memorial stones and spending more than an hour at a nearby hospital with the widow of one of the slain.

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The administration has been discussing various options to address the caravans for days and it was possible that things could change before Trump's 4:15 p.m. remarks "on the illegal immigration crisis" before he departs the White House for a campaign rally in Missouri.

Border watch groups and militias have been patrolling the 2,000-mile southern boundary off and on for more than a decade.

Both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama deployed similar numbers of troops to the border in the past, though not during elections.

In a related press conference, the head of US Northern Command Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy was asked by reporters what the goal was of sending the troops.

He chastised Paul Ryan, the most senior Republican in the House of Representatives, who suggested Mr Trump could not end birthright citizenship via an executive order, which does not need ratifying by the US Congress.

That total alone is roughly equal to the number of USA troops remaining in Iraq and Syria. Thousands have already dropped out, applying for refugee status in Mexico or taking the Mexican government up on free bus rides back home, and the group is likely to dwindle even more during the arduous journey ahead.

"Democrats' position is so radical and so irresponsible", says Krikorian, "that people will recoil from it if it is presented to them in a clear-cut way".

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