Migrant Caravan Includes Gang Members or Criminals, Homeland Security Confirms

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The Pentagon is expected to deploy about 800 troops to the US-Mexico border, two US officials told AFP on Thursday, after President Donald Trump said the military would help tackle a "national emergency" and called on a caravan of US-bound migrants to turn around.

Trump has used the caravan to bolster his election-season warnings that the U.S.is being infiltrated by illegal immigrants "pouring across the border", whom he has painted with a sinister brush.

Most of the caravan has come from Honduras and other Central American countries and are now in Mexico.

Mexican Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete vowed his country would not bow to "any government that intends to provoke a hostile reaction in Mexico".

On Tuesday, most of the caravan idled in Huixtla, Mexico, for a day's rest. There are no bathrooms there, and little donated food.

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"We're going to do everything in our power to prevent this caravan from coming north and violating our border", he said. "So this is an opportunity to improve my family's life", said Elsa Romero, a Guatemalan mother of four in Huixtla.

Civil defence officials for Mexico's southern state of Chiapas said they had offered to take the migrants by bus to a shelter set up by immigration officials about 5 miles outside Tapachula, but migrants refused, fearing once they boarded the buses they would be deported. Some media have put the number above 2,000.

Additionally, the United States is negotiating with Mexico about whether migrants from the caravan could be deported there, regardless of their country of origin. "Sometimes they walked, carrying crosses and protest signs", CNN reported about the April caravan.

The tweets marked the latest escalation by the United States president, who is seeking to re-inject immigration politics into the national conversation in the closing weeks of the American mid-term elections.

President Donald Trump says he's "bringing out the military" to address what he's calling a national emergency at the southern border. The officials spoke on a conference call under condition they not be identified by name. He's paralyzed and looking for work and better doctors in the U.S. He said he doesn't even have any shoes, since he gave them to his friend.

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Meanwhile, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, posted on Twitter on Tuesday that there was a "need to look at political motives behind the caravan". "Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally", Trump said.

Neither Haley nor Pence provided evidence.

Among the topics being discussed with Mexico is whether migrants from the caravan could be held there before entering an official port of entry, the DHS official said.

"I think they really overplayed their hand just like they did with Justice Kavanaugh... they overplayed their hand and that was a big loss for them", the President said referring to the contentious confirmation hearings of now Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The truth of the matter is that thousands of these migrants are fleeing violence in South America in an attempt to seek asylum in the U.S. That is what is real here, to be separated from the fiction.

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Whether crossing Central America, the Sahara desert or the mountains of Afghanistan, migrants are regularly extorted by criminals, militias and corrupt immigration officials who know migrants make easy targets: They carry cash but not weapons.

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