‘We are not killers’: Migrants in caravan respond to Trump
- Author: Joey Payne Nov 04, 2018,
Nov 04, 2018, 1:55
He says he will issue an executive order next week on immigration.
Trump and allies have spoken frequently about so-called "loopholes" in immigration law that allow migrants to apply for asylum while on American soil, and the President has recently encouraged prospective asylum seekers to apply for entry from their home countries.
Under this plan, the illegal aliens will no longer get a free pass into our country by lodging meritless claims in seeking asylum. He repeated his vow to indefinitely lock up asylum-seekers while they pursue immigration claims, and claimed that "almost everybody" is abusing the system rather than pursuing legitimate efforts.
A White House aide said Trump is expected to unveil or propose changes to the way migrants can request asylum. "We have a lot of everything. What I don't want, I don't want these people throwing rocks".
"The U.S. military personnel that are going have very clear guidance that we've given them", he told reporters on October 30. "His intentions to limit the rights of those seeking asylum are against those laws and the USA's worldwide obligations", said Naidoo.
Trump and administration officials argued the moves are a necessary response to a migrant caravan slowly making its way to the U.S. -Mexico border from Honduras. But the act of sending 15,000 USA troops to face a tired caravan of less than 5000 migrants, a number that is dwindling all the time as the foot-weary dropout, invited ridicule, as did the President's claim that he was intent on protecting American women from what he perceives as marauding hordes.
It remained unclear whether the first caravan will make a turn east to Mexico City, or try to reach the nearest and most unsafe stretch of border, which lies nearly directly north. Divisions began to appear about what route to take.
He made the remarks to reporters one day after he suggested the military could fire on members of a migrant caravan if they throw rocks at troops. Other caravans have since followed.
It also remained unclear how many migrants would make it; 20 days of scorching heat, constant walking, chills, rain and illness had taken their toll.
The speech came less than 24 hours after Trump posted a campaign advertisement that portrayed immigrants on their desperate trek to the USA as the equivalents of murderers and criminals.
Chuck Hagel, a former Republican senator and Vietnam War veteran who served as defense secretary under President Barack Obama, told CNN the mission is "folly" because there is "no need, no threat".
The first 100 active duty troops arrived at the border in McAllen, Texas, on Thursday - part of the "more than 7,000" troops the Pentagon said were being sent to support Customs and Border Protection agents.
The American Civil Liberties Union said: "If he plans at some point to prohibit people from applying for asylum between the ports of entry, that plan is illegal".
Thousands of Central American migrants resumed their slow trek through southern Mexico yesterday as immigration agents and police nibbled at the edges of the two caravans now in the country. Of those who show up at court, about 13 percent are granted asylum, according to fiscal year 2016 numbers, when more than 65,000 asylum applications were received.
On Friday, another caravan - this time from El Salvador - waded over the Suchiate River into Mexico, bringing 1,000 to 1,500 people who want to reach the USA border. Poverty may play a role in the complex decision process granting asylum, but the status is reserved for people who have a justifiable fear of persecution in their own country based on factors such as their race, religion or political views.