Military receives request for troops to protect border

President Donald Trump has said that the USA would cut foreign aid to the countries that have failed to stop the caravan, including Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

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

CNN first reported the development, saying Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was expected to send 800 or more troops.

Officials are weighing the legality of certain steps the Trump administration could take and looking at whether any processes could be changed to speed up the removal of migrants who have no legal basis to remain in the USA, according to a senior Department of Homeland Security official.

President Trump tweeted Thursday morning that "I am bringing out the military for this National Emergency".

Every time they stopped to serve, migrants flung their small packs aboard their pickup, hoping to catch a ride.

On Monday, the Pentagon said it hadn't received any new orders to send troops to the border.

Mexican federal police have been stopping some minibuses and removing people from the caravan of Central American migrants, even though they had paid fares. The number of migrants who unlawfully entered the USA with a family member spiked in September as Trump cast immigration as a crisis.

His words followed a series of threats, including one to shut the US Mexico border entirely, as a caravan of migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala made their way north through Mexico.

Although Trump's language has suggested the military might be directly involved in preventing the migrants from entering the United States, one official said the troops would engage only in logistics and infrastructure services, like setting up tents, and not law enforcement activities. It would invoke the same section of immigration law that Trump cited to back up his Muslim travel ban, the Times said.

But if the thousands of migrants reach the US border, a new world of problems could await them.

On Wednesday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called US Vice President Mike Pence "crazy" and "extremist" for accusing his government of financing the caravan.

The mother and son spent eight days in Border Patrol custody before they were released. "Once you lose control of your borders you no longer have a country".

On Monday, he said the USA would start cutting aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador for failing to stop the migrants, called the caravan a national emergency and alleged it was infiltrated by "Middle Easterners" and members of the ultra-violent gang MS-13.

The United States sent almost $2.3 billion in aid to the three countries between 2013 and 2017.

Some migrants clashed with Mexican police at the Mexico-Guatemala border, hurling stones and other objects as they tried to cross the worldwide bridge.

Men, women and children set off at dawn from the town of Mapastepec, in Chiapas state, southern Mexico.

One student, Jose David Sarmientos Aguilar, told CNBC that he joined the march "without thinking about what could happen and the consequences it could bring", and chose to turn back when he heard rumors of two other migrants falling off a truck and dying on Monday.

Mexico has deployed about 700 National Police to the country's southern border, and has issued warnings stating that the migrants should not try to enter the country illegally. "If the United States would investigate more about what happens in our country, they would be convinced that what we Hondurans say is true".

Pompeo and Videgaray talked on Monday and Tuesday about Mexico's efforts to address the migrant caravan, mostly people from Honduras escaping hunger and violence, said the department in a statement.

  • Leroy Wright