As the Migrant Caravan nears closer to the US/Mexico border, and as two other caravans reportedly form in Central America, President Trump repeated his message that “They’re not getting into the USA”.
Period, point blank.
Our President is not wavering, he’s not equivocating, he’s not making excuses….
He’s saying very clearly that the Caravan is not coming in.
Bravo, Mr. President!
Previously, he had sent active duty 5,000 troops to the Border, to support the National Guard and Border Patrol.
But today, he just announced he may TRIPLE that amount to 15,000!
Bloomberg had more:
President Donald Trump said he’s ready to deploy as many as 15,000 troops to the southern border of the U.S., triple the amount his administration announced a day ago, in a bid to stop or detain a caravan of migrants traveling north to the U.S.
Trump’s response to the caravan has escalated in recent days, along with his broader rhetoric on immigration, as the crucial Nov. 6 midterm elections near. The administration said Tuesday it would send 5,200 troops to the border by the end of this week.
“We’ll go up to anywhere between 10 and 15 thousand military personnel on top of border patrol, ICE, and everybody else at the border," Trump said Wednesday before leaving the White House for a campaign rally.Trump’s comments come as he also pledged to take away “birthright citizenship” from babies born to unauthorized immigrants. He clashed with House Speaker Paul Ryan earlier Wednesday, tweeting that the Republican leader “should be focusing on holding the Majority rather than giving his opinions on Birthright Citizenship,” after Ryan had criticized Trump’s proposal.
Trump has made illegal immigration a front-burner issue in the weeks before the midterm congressional elections on Nov. 6, believing it motivates his supporters to turn out to vote and creates political headaches for Democrats. As part of that effort, the president has amplified concerns about the migrant caravan, which largely consists of individuals from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.
The U.S. Defense Department said in a statement on Wednesday that it expects to initially "have more than 7,000 troops" supporting the Department of Homeland Security in California, Texas and Arizona.
Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said Tuesday that U.S. authorities are tracking the caravan of refugees, currently estimated at around 3,500 people, as well as another group between Guatemala and Mexico of about 3,000 people.
Trump earlier Monday tweeted that “very bad people” were among the migrants seeking asylum.
Trump also on Wednesday reiterated a claim that the population of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. could be as high as 30 million. Most estimates put the total around 11 million. The only study that comes close to backing Trump’s claim is one published last month by researchers at Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who estimated the population as of 2016 was between 16.2 million and 29.5 million.