Trump Says U.S. Military May Fire on Migrants Who Throw Rocks

Hannah Rogers
November 4, 2018

According to military planning documents, about 20 percent of the roughly 7,000 migrants traveling through Mexico are likely to complete the journey. Another contingent is trying to make additional headway by pushing to Tierra Blanca, Veracruz, which lies about 80 extra miles (128 kilometers) to the north.

Concerning the ugly trend, Trump said the USA military would not accept bottles or stones being thrown at them.

A group of migrants traveling to the US from central America have filed a lawsuit alleging that President Trump has violated their due process rights under the fifth amendment.

Migrants arriving at the USA border to seek asylum are routinely subjected to tactics that immigration rights advocates say are created to drive them away in violation of their rights under federal law.

"If these caravans are allowed into our country, only bigger and more emboldened caravans will follow - and you see that's what's happening now", Trump said. Under a settlement agreement with the USA known as Flores, migrant children must be released either to guardians or to facilities supervised by the Department of Health and Human Services after no more than 20 days in immigration detention.

The governor of the Mexican state of Veracruz, Miguel Angel Yunes, said on Friday buses would be provided to carry migrants to the nation's capital.

"I want to offer the migrants that while this problem is being resolved they accept my invitation to go to a city in Veracruz" that has the conditions to host them, he said.

Specifically, at a White House address Mr Trump suggested that members of the exodus who hurl rocks at USA soldiers should be treated the same as those using rifles, sending shockwaves around the world. He also insists the number of migrants heading north is much larger than estimates put forward by US and Mexican government officials.

"If they do that with us, they're going to be arrested for a long time".

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"They won't have to fire", Trump said, referring to the military's response to the hypothetical rock throwing. The Salvadorans expressed misgivings that they would be deported, so they turned around and waded across a shallow stretch of the river to enter Mexico.

TRUMP: "At this very moment, large well-organized caravans of migrants are marching towards our southern border". The first, largest group of mainly Honduran migrants entered Mexico on October 19. But the timing of this deployment and the questionable need for it, with the caravan at least a month away from the border with Mexico and diminishing in size, have led many former military officers to deliver their harshest criticisms yet of Trump.

Honduran migrant Jose Macy carries his four-year-old nephew Yair Perez as the thousands-strong caravan of Central Americans migrants hoping to reach the US border moves onward from Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Thursday, Nov. 1. That group includes Hondurans, Salvadorans and some Guatemalans.

Trump openly threatened to massacre the caravan of workers and peasants escaping war and poverty in Central America.

The caravan, once estimated at more than 7,000 people, is now down to about 3,500 asylum-seekers and other migrants and is still hundreds of miles from the border.

Immigration agents and police have been nibbling at the edges of the first two caravans. Federal police began pulling freight trucks over and forcing migrants off, saying their habit of clinging to the tops or sides of the trucks was risky.

"When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexico military police, I say: Consider it a rifle", Mr Trump said.

The president announced Wednesday that he was considering deploying up to 15,000 troops to the U.S.

What they did to those people, they were very badly hurt, very badly injured, the military and the police. "We want them to come into our country", he said.

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