Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Migrants who throw rocks will be arrested, not shot

Migrants who throw rocks will be arrested, not shot

It has been a tumultuous journey so far for the leading caravan, which is now estimated to contain around 4,000 people - down from a peak of more than 7,000.

President Donald Trump on Friday backtracked from his suggestion a day earlier that American troops sent to the US border with Mexico would be free to fire on migrants who throw rocks at them, saying that rock-throwers would only be arrested. We're gonna consider, and I told them consider it a rifle.

Mexico says there are around 2,800 to 3,000 men, woman and children in the caravan.

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He also suggested that the US troops he dispatched to the US-Mexico border could fire on someone in the migrant caravan if the person threw rocks or stones at them.

The exact rules for the use of force by military police and other soldiers who will be operating near the border have not been disclosed, but in all cases troops have the right of self-defense.

"Anybody throwing rocks.we will consider that a firearm, because there's not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock", Trump said. There are billions of people in the world living at the poverty level.

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.

While the migrant caravan making its way north may have dwindled somewhat in numbers, more groups are coming along behind.

"This is another version of the parade", Chollet said, referring to Trump's demand earlier this year eventually withdrawn that the military spend millions to stage a parade in Washington DC.

Mexico is now faced with the unprecedented situation of having three caravans stretched out over 300 miles (500 kilometers) of highways in the states of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Veracruz, with a total of more than 6,000 migrants.

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The caravan of migrants is still hundreds of miles from the border.

The lawsuit was filed by twelve Honduran nationals, including six children, in D.C.'s U.S. District Court, by Nexus Services Inc., which is funding it through civil rights law firm Nexus Derechos Humanos Attorneys Inc.

It has also shrunk refugee admissions to a record low - making it more hard for people to apply for refuge from their home country instead of pursuing a case at the border.

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

"We're going to catch, we're not going to release", he said. "They do that with us, they're going to be arrested, there's going to be problems".

But the government has been flummoxed by what Kevin McAleenan, commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, calls the "asylum gap": the inability to stop people from making false claims for asylum and living legally in the USA for years while their cases proceed.

Also this week, Trump said he would send more than 5,000 additional active duty troops to the USA border with Mexico to block a caravan of several thousand migrants and said he might send thousands more troops.

Trump has ramped up his tough stance on illegal immigration, an issue that appeals to his core supporters, before elections on Tuesday that will determine whether his fellow Republicans keep control of Congress.

On Thursday, Mr. Trump had said, "They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back".

Trump has rejected the idea he has been "fearmongering" and using the issue for political purposes, but his escalating rhetoric in the final days of the campaign season calls that denial into question.

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