USA sending up to 5,200 troops to border with Mexico

Migrants wait in lines to receive donated food as others look on in Tapanatepec Mexico

President Donald Trump earlier said the thousands of Central American migrants heading north would find the USA military waiting for them.

But the Wall Street Journal reported Monday that 5,000 troops would deploy to the southern border.

The Pentagon is deploying as many as 5,200 soldiers along the USA southern border by the end of the week.

Troops planned to bring heavy concertina wiring to unspool across open spaces between ports.

Air Force General Terrence O'Shaughnessy, head of the United States military's Northern Command, told reporters the 5,200 troops would focus on trying to "harden" border crossings and surrounding areas, with work done by combat engineering battalions with experience building temporary fencing.

The Pentagon says it will send 5,000 US troops to the border. Some of the troops will be armed. He said troops would focus first on Texas, followed by Arizona and then California.

Trump, tapped up his dire warnings about the caravans, tweeting, "This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!"

General of the USA air force on meet the press said that "to the end of the week referred to the military contingent will be placed in the South-Western sector of our border, and this is only the beginning of large-scale operations".

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If an asylum seeker enters the United States illegally, they are still entitled to a hearing of their claim.

Under current protocol, migrants who clear an initial screening are often released until their cases are decided in immigration court, which can take several years.

He is expected to hold 11 rallies in the days ahead of the November 6 midterms, which Washington pundits are characterising as a referendum on his presidency.

Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the group supporting the caravan, has said it hopes to hold meetings in the Mexican capital with federal lawmakers and authorities as well as representatives of the incoming government that takes office December 1 to discuss migrants' rights and the caravan's future. Guatemala's Interior Ministry said Guatemalan police officers were injured when the migrant group broke through border barriers on Guatemala's side of the bridge.

Deputy foreign ministers from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico met Tuesday and agreed to co-ordinate "special attention" for the caravan, guaranteeing human rights, humanitarian assistance and "a safe, orderly and regular migration" in accordance with each country's laws.

On Sunday, one migrant died after he was hit with a rubber bullet when Mexican federal police rebuffed another group of migrants who tried to enter the country over the global bridge. His experience with the caravan had taught him one thing, he said: "The next time, I'm going to need a 'coyote, '" or smuggler.

The 23-year-old from Corinto, Honduras, was part of the first caravan, whose members set off Tuesday, walking and hitching rides on the highway through Mexico's narrow, windy southern isthmus.

Trump said anyone wanting to get into the United States must do so through the legal process.

The final number is "undetermined", he added, subject to change as officials "refine the requests" from the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Patrol.

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