Trump Reportedly Considering Executive Action That Targets Migrants Seeking Asylum

Arturo Kim
October 26, 2018

Trump has been stoking fears about a caravan of migrants in Central America who are trying to make their way to the USA border.

The Trump administration is planning to dispatch at least 800 active-duty troops to the southern border at the direction of a president who has sought to transform fears about immigration into electoral gains in the midterms as a caravan of thousands of migrants makes its way through Mexico.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey sent hundreds of troops to the border earlier this year as part of "Operation Guardian Shield", a mission that extended through September 30.

KRGV's Christian von Preysing spoke with several property owners about the agency's efforts.

"To those in the Caravan, turnaround, we are not letting people into the United States illegally", Trump tweeted Thursday afternoon. Most are Hondurans, seeking to escape the poverty and violence that plagues the region.

The possible executive action draws from the same legal authority as President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban that mostly targeted Muslim-majority countries, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

As for Trump's long-promised border wall, one woman said border walls in general are "just wrong".

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There are now 2,100 National Guardsmen along the border, but the DHS request could lead to the first large-scale deployment of active-duty US military forces to support the border protection mission under Trump.

The migrants, who number in the thousands and include many women and children, are fleeing poverty and violence in Honduras and Guatemala, and are trekking through Mexico in hopes of reaching the USA border.

President Trump's rhetoric in recent days has been consistent with his campaign promise to secure the southern border.

He told them to return to their home countries and if they want, they can apply for citizenship status like millions of others are doing. Earlier on Thursday, the Pentagon announced that "several hundred" USA troops would be sent to the border to beef up security there.

Trump ordered the deployment of the National Guard earlier this year to respond to an increase in illegal crossings. Because they would not be performing law enforcement duties they would not be in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits the federal government from using the armed forces in a domestic police role.

Trump hinted at the troop announcement at a rally in Wisconsin on Wednesday.

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