Migrant Caravan Demands Mexico Provide Them Transportation

An agent with the U.S. Border Patrol Tactical Unit guards the U.S. side of the border wall with Mexico in Brownsville Texas U.S

According to O'Shaughnessy, approximately 1,000 troops have already been positioned at bases in Texas joining an additional 870 stationed at U.S. Army North in San Antonio.

Imagery released by the Defense Department online suggests that other units already participating in the mission, dubbed Operation Faithful Patriot, include the 89th Military Police Brigade's Task Force Griffin out of Fort Hood and the 19th Engineering Battalion out of Fort Knox.

The announcement, just days before the midterm elections, came as Mexico also cracked down on migrants attempting to cross its own porous southern border. They said asylum in the United States is their primary goal, but some expressed openness to applying for protected status in Mexico if that doesn't work out. "We're going to put tents up all over the place ... and they're going to wait".

There are about 2,000 USA troops deployed in Syria to combat Islamic State, according to the Pentagon.

Others swam across after Mexican authorities refused to open a border bridge.

Trump in recent weeks has repeatedly said more troops are needed to tighten security at the border and he has made political capital of the caravan in the weeks before important mid-term congressional elections that could see the Democrats regain a degree of power. "There are two thousand soldiers of the National guard and operates the headquarters of the military command who leads them". The new crop of troops who will be deployed by Saturday will join the roughly 2,100 National Guard forces already operating - primarily in logistics and background support missions - on the southern border in support of U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.

The migrant caravan has been moving slowly north from Central America and its numbers have been dwindling.

Migrants walk along train tracks in Mexico. One of the migrants died from the confrontation.

The migrants rejected in a show of hands vote the offer for asylum, though organizers nor migrants elaborated on why they would keep traveling despite the offer.

Drake added: "Sending active military forces to our southern border is not only a huge waste of taxpayer money, but an unnecessary course of action that will further terrorize and militarize our border communities".

Pueblo Sin Fronteras, who helped organize the caravan and has been deeply involved with its continuation, has said it hopes to hold meetings in Mexico City with federal lawmakers and authorities as well as representatives of the incoming government to discuss migrants' rights and the caravan's future.

The general also expressed concern that elements of the caravan had used violence when crossing into Mexico from Guatemala.

"Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process". That law bans the use of American military personnel for civilian law enforcement efforts on US soil, outside military installations.

On Sunday, Defence Secretary James Mattis told reporters that construction materials, including barriers, were being moved to the border as part of the deployment.

The projected USA deployment is already roughly the same size as the US military contingent in Iraq.

Experts widely dismissed the idea that the president could unilaterally change the rules on who is a citizen and said it's highly questionable whether an act of Congress could do it, either.

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