Trump threatens to send military against immigrant ‘onslaught’

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Women are subjected to sexual assault and rape. Some of them talked among themselves.

"Well, we're looking at a lot of things", he said.

Trump and several members of his Cabinet have made a series of major decisions on immigration-related policies that affect asylum-seekers, refugees, migrating families, and other immigrant categories. "(Migrants) are susceptible to crime.

The caravan of disorganized women, men and children headed toward the border post Friday morning. "It's not simply sitting on a bus and it's not a fun ride".

Trump has made security on the southern border one of the signature issues of his two-year presidency, calling for a "wall" and frequently railing against what he describes as a flood of rapists, gangs and "bad hombres".

At least five USA states later refused to send the troops amid an outcry over a policy to separate migrant children from their parents, since discontinued. "If we want to keep our borders secure... then the country needs to invest in these countries".

The group of Salvadoreans, Hondurans and Guatemalans say they are fleeing violence and poverty.

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The issue with Trump's threat is that deploying active US military troops for domestic law enforcement duties is illegal, unless he declares a national emergency and is granted a waiver by Congress. Mexican Federal Police released a video of officers arriving in the border state of Chiapas, some toting riot gear. The rest retreated after officers unleashed pepper spray. A gate onto the bridge on the Guatemalan side was closed Friday and blocked by police.

The migrants have already crossed into Guatemala, after forcing their way "past approximately 100 Guatemalan police at the border" with Honduras, and are heading northwards towards Mexico, reports USA Today. The US no longer has to house them until their cases are heard. Others were carrying young children in their arms. "We are not going to attend to the issue only with deportations or means of force".

"We're going to wait for those still on their way but who are close by" before trying to cross, Mario Mejia, who seemed to be one of the migrants' leaders, told AFP.

Asked in the Televisa interview whether Mexico was doing Trump's "dirty work", Videgaray said Mexico "defines its migration policy in a sovereign manner" and the country's priority is to protect the migrants and ensure their human rights.

But it also openly attacked the governments of the Central America's nations most of the migrants are coming from, including Honduras and Guatemala.

"It's not in the interest of anybody to have those people make that trip", Gerónimo Gutiérrez, the Mexican ambassador to the U.S., told Fox News, noting that "they're frequently tricked by human smuggling organizations". "It's the third time that I'm trying to cross", the 22-year-old Salvadoran said.

Orellana says "the economy in Honduras is bad, there is nothing there".

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