800 more troops to be sent to Mexican border

James Mattis

Trump is weighing an executive order that would deny the immigrant caravan - which is about 900 miles away from the border - an opportunity to apply for asylum once they arrive, according to The Washington Post. The troops retain the right of self-defense, but border patrol officers will still be the ones physically stopping illegal migration, the officials said.

The troops are part of a security operation that is expected to be up and running by Tuesday. They would assist the Border Patrol by providing things such as vehicles, tents and equipment.

KRGV's Christian von Preysing spoke with several property owners about the agency's efforts.

The latest estimates are that some 4,000 people remain in the caravan, down from an estimated 7,000 after many dropped out due to sickness, police harassment, or fear from Trump's repeated warnings not to attempt illegal entry into the United States.

Numerous migrants are fleeing poverty and insecurity in Honduras, where powerful street gangs rule their turf with brutal violence.

"Take care of the American people first and foremost before we deal with anybody else's countries and their problems", one man said. "They will be stopped!" he said. "Go back to your Country and if you want, apply for citizenship like millions of others are doing!" tweeted Trump.

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There are now 2,100 National Guardsmen along the border, but the DHS request could lead to the first large-scale deployment of active-duty USA military forces to support the border protection mission under Trump.

U.S. Border Patrol is encouraging Rio Grande Valley landowners along the border to watch out for intruders.

Immigration and customs agents in the area have already been bolstered by some 2,100 National Guard troops, as the Trump administration has made it a priority to prevent undocumented immigrants from entering the U.S.

On Thursday morning, the caravan left Mapastepec, Mexico, about 80 miles from the Mexico-Guatemala border and it isn't expected to reach the U.S. border for weeks.

"If someone migrates to the United States, it's to work, and working is not a crime", he said.

But Trump told a rally crowd in Wisconsin on Wednesday that moves were under way. "You're going to see a very secure border", he said.

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