The left knows America doesn't want an open border: Varney

The left knows America doesn't want an open border: Varney

The additional troops are to provide what one official described as logistical support to the Border Patrol.

There are now 2,100 National Guard troops on the southern border assisting Homeland Security.

US President Donald Trump has pointed to a massive caravan of migrants trekking north through Mexico as a major issue in the upcoming midterm elections.

Trump later acknowledged there was "no proof" of the claim Middle Easterners were in the crowd.

Trump tweeted that "Democrat inspired" laws make it hard to stop people at the border.

"I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy (sic)".

He said in another tweet "citizens of countries outside Central America, including countries in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, and elsewhere are now traveling through Mexico toward the U.S".

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

Tyler Houlton, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, later tweeted a message that the caravan includes people "who are gang members or have significant criminal histories". Since entering Mexico at its southernmost tip, the group has advanced roughly 95 miles. It would invoke the same section of immigration law that Trump cited to back up his Muslim travel ban, the Times said.

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"To those in the Caravan, turnaround", he wrote. "What is important for us is that those borders are managed in an asylum-sensitive way, which means giving people access, assessing their claims and then dealing with them accordingly in line with global law". "Once you lose control of your borders you no longer have a country".

The migrants have largely been disconnected from news reports about them while on the road.

In neighboring Guatemala, a separate group of least 1,000 migrants, also mostly Hondurans, headed out slowly on foot from the eastern town of Chiquimula, a Reuters witness said. They gathered in the main square of Ciudad Hidalgo, the city on the Mexican side of the border, and some danced as local musicians played.

USA agents arrested almost 17,000 members of family units attempting to cross the US border with Mexico in September, a 31 percent increase over the previous month, according to official statistics released on Tuesday.

He is also mobilizing the military along the border, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday the caravan "will not cross the border under any circumstances". It was not clear which Army units would deploy or whether the entire deployment would consist of active-duty troops. Earlier this year Mattis authorized Pentagon funding for up to 4,000 National Guard troops on the border and thus far only a little over 2,000 have been used.

A federal law dating to the 1870s restricts the use of the Army and other main branches of the military for civilian law enforcement on USA soil unless specifically authorized by Congress.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has asked the Pentagon to send forces to the border in a preliminary request that could require deploying between 800 and 1,000 active-duty troops, two USA officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Trump's Houston rally is his latest campaign appearance leading to the mid-term elections set on Nov 6.

Well, some of them already have - and they're staying in Mexico while the wait to see if asylum will be granted.

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