"They are incentivized to try to cross our border by the gaps in our legal framework and the expectation that they would be allowed to stay", said US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan. Only about 200 in that smaller group made it to the border.
Guatemala's Interior Ministry said the second group had wounded Guatemalan police and used children as human shields, and Guatemalan firefighters confirmed that a 26-year-old Honduran had been killed from a blow to the head. But critics say Trump is politicizing the military, deploying them as a stunt to drive Republican voters to the polls without any real national security threat.
Thousands of U.S. troops may be headed to the border with Mexico ahead of a caravan of migrants trekking toward the United States, U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday, offering much higher estimates than the 800 to 1,000 initially forecast.
U.S. Air Force General Terrance J.
Homeland Security and Pentagon officials said that the soldiers would focus on helping secure key points of entry into the United States.
It's unclear if the caravan, which is reportedly moving about 25 miles each day, could arrive at the border in that time.
It means that within days, the USA military will have more than three times as many troops along the southern border as it does fighting Islamic State in Syria.
Military police units are also being deployed.
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They also line up with the number of times Lewis Hamilton has retired at Mercedes-AMG since replacing Michael Schumacher in 2013. Hamilton ultimately won the title at Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix having finished finished third in Texas.
The Defense Department says it's sending 5,200 active duty troops to "harden" the southern border against a migrant caravan making its way through Mexico.
Despite carrying weapons, the MP forces would not be authorized to conduct law enforcement operations, an activity that would be barred under the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act.
Like the National Guard members who have been supporting CBP efforts at the border since April, the 5,200 deploying troops are not expected to interact with migrants.
Outgoing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto had announced his "You are at home" plan, which offers "shelter, medical attention, schooling and jobs to Central Americans in Chiapas and Oaxaca states if migrants apply, calling it a first step toward permanent refugee status".
Previous presidents have ordered the military to support anti-drug smuggling operations and active-duty troops still do so.
The massive chain of migrants slowly making its way towards the USA southern border, which is still some 1,000 miles north, is now demanding that the Mexican government provide transportation for its estimated 4,000 participants - demands issued amid reports of outbreaks of violence as more groups have forced their way through Mexico's southern border.
O'Shaughnessy said that the U.S.is "working closely to understand the nature and makeup of this caravan".
They will bring border personnel "exactly where they need to be, regardless of the conditions", O'Shaughnessy said. We're going to hold them, we're going to build tent cities, we're gonna build tents all over the place.
Representatives have demanded "safe and dignified" transportation to Mexico City, but the Mexican government has shown no inclination to assist - with the exception of its migrant protection agency that gave some stragglers rides to the next town over the weekend.