US troops will consider rocks thrown at them at border as 'firearms'

Mexico's ambassador to US claims there are very violent migrants in caravan

President Donald Trump said Thursday the military will respond with force to anyone in the migrant caravans who attacks soldiers with rocks or other objects.

'You have caravans coming up that look a lot larger than it's reported, actually, ' Trump told ABC News.

"These illegal caravans will not be allowed into the United States and they should turn back now because they are wasting their time", Trump said. The Posse Comitatus Act proscribes what activities the military can carry out on US soil.

That means more than 9,000 troops have already been committed to military operations on the border and Trump, who is prone to hyperbole, on Wednesday said the final number could swell to 15,000 troops.

Trump's actions and statements come days after a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 people dead. He made his comments at the White House in a speech that was billed as a response to groups of migrants now walking toward the US border.

They will not, however, confront any migrants who attempt to enter the United States.

It might be true there are some criminals mixed in with the throngs, given the sheer number of migrants.

Thousands of migrants appear to have joined the caravan spontaneously.

Under the current Immigration and Nationality Act, "Any alien who is physically present in the United States or who arrives in the United States (whether or not at a designated port of arrival and including an alien who is brought to the United States after having been interdicted in worldwide or United States waters), irrespective of such alien's status, may apply for asylum in accordance with this section". One migrant died; it's not clear how it happened.

Of the caravan he said: 'Nobody's coming in.

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Mexico's immigration agency does normally operate highway inspection checkpoints in the area near the Guatemalan border.

The caravan otherwise has been overwhelmingly peaceful, receiving applause and donated food from residents of the towns they pass. He claimed Mexican personnel were "hurt" and "unable, or unwilling to stop Caravan".

"We are waiting to see if they are going to help us out with buses, to continue the trip", said Lopez, 27.

The new policy will be announced next week, he said, adding that it is authorized by law.

The Trump administration has been looking at ways to limit the number of asylum seekers.

THE FACTS: He's largely right. There are billions of people in the world living at the poverty level, Trump continued. "We don't do stunts in this department". Currently, there is a backlog of about 700,000 cases, and it can take years for claims to get resolved.

Trump hopes to fire up core Republican voters and spur the party to retain dominance of both chambers of Congress. "They should apply to come into our country". Earlier this year, another group went that route, but only 200 of them reached the border.

He also suggested there were 25 to 30 million undocumented migrants in America.

As part of the dramatically-named Operation Faithful Patriot, over 5,000 fully armed soldiers are now being deployed to help some 2,000 National Guardsmen secure the 26 entry points along the 2,000-mile land border with Mexico.

The citizenship proposal would inevitably spark a long-shot legal battle over whether the president can alter the long-accepted understanding that the 14th Amendment grants citizenship to any child born on USA soil, regardless of his parents' immigration status.

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