Migrants’ brief hopes of buses to Mexico’s capital dashed

Trump says border troops could hit 15K, surprising Pentagon

On Thursday, the USA president said he had told the United States military mobilizing at the border to treat rock-throwing by migrants as equivalent to gun usage.

Why it matters: Trump claimed Thursday troops deployed to the south border would shoot at migrants if they threw rocks, but many military experts have been claiming such action would violate the military's rules of engagement.

Trump, who has vowed to close the border, said in an interview Monday with conservative TV and radio host Laura Ingraham that the USA would allow migrants to file asylum claims, but that they would be forced to live in "tent cities" while they await court rulings, a process that can take years. They are a mix of forces, including military police, an assault helicopter battalion, various communications, medical and headquarters units, combat engineers, planners and public affairs units. "If you could have only seen the people's happiness last night when they told us that we were going by bus and today we're not", said Gerardo Perez, a 20-year-old migrant who was exhausted from the trip.

The migrant caravan making its way toward the US border hasn't stopped but it is seeing some attrition after Mexico refused to provide the group with transportation. Fought back hard and viciously against Mexico at Northern Border before breaking through, ' Trump tweeted Wednesday. "I didn't say 'shoot, '" he told reporters at the White House. "Asylum claims made by migrants caught crossing the border illegally would seemingly be summarily denied under Trump's proposal".

But there could very well be, ' Trump said.

A group of immigrants from Honduras and Guatemala seeking asylum receive help the bus station after they were processed and released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, June 21, 2018, in McAllen, Texas.

"Those who choose to break our laws and enter illegally will no longer be able to use meritless claims to gain automatic admission into our country", he said.

After three grueling weeks walking along highways and hitching rides, thousands of Central American migrants traveling in a caravan through southern Mexico were told Friday that they would soon be leapfrogging ahead to the nation's capital in buses only to have their hopes dashed nearly immediately when the offer was pulled. Other caravans, also made up of people who have left poverty and violence at home, have since followed.

The suit claims Trump "continues to abuse the law, including constitutional rights, to deter Central Americans from exercising their lawful right to seek asylum in the United States".

Retired Lt. Gen. Jim Dubik bluntly called Trump's decision wrong by pointing out, "A sizable portion of those coming are women and children".

"We will consider that a firearm", Trump said, arguing there's "not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock".

The overwhelming majority of claims are rejected by the courts, but by that time, the alien has usually long since disappeared into our country.

"Decisions regarding arming of DoD personnel for self-defense purposes and related rules for the use of force", reads an October 25, 2018 memorandum from the Department of Homeland Security to the Pentagon, "will be informed by the circumstances of their missions and made by the DoD.and in consultation with the CBP".

Trump highlighted the case of Luis Bracamontes, a twice-deported immigrant from Mexico sentenced to death in California for killing two police officers.

The lawsuit was filed by twelve Honduran nationals, including six children, in D.C.'s U.S. District Court, by Nexus Services Inc., which is funding it through civil rights law firm Nexus Derechos Humanos Attorneys Inc.

Babies born in the USA are deemed American citizens under the Constitution's 14th Amendment, which grants citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States".

He brought up immigration issues several times during a political rally Thursday night in Columbia, Missouri. "They're full citizens, and it's costing us many, many billions of dollars a year".

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