Mexican agents nibble at edges of migrant caravans

Mexico's ambassador to US claims there are very violent migrants in caravan

Trump pressures Mexico to stop migrant caravans

The caravan is still almost 1,000 miles from the border. - President Donald Trump kept up the pressure on Mexico on Wednesday to halt groups of migrants heading to the American border, as the USA enters the final stretch of campaigning before key midterm elections.

Reports on the ground from Mexico, where two migrant groups have been moving toward the border, mostly have described rock-throwing members of the caravans, or the throng using its numbers and mass to climb over fences or overwhelm outnumbered Mexican security forces. Rights organisations decried the earlier announcement, describing it as an abuse of the military to "further [the president's] anti-immigrant agenda of fear and division".

Trump has sought to use immigration as an issue to motivate Republican voters ahead of the November 6 elections, where Republicans will seek to maintain control of both congressional chambers.

President Trump on Thursday said he'll sign an executive order next week that will crack down on asylum seekers and end the process of "catch and release" as part of his efforts to halt a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants marching to the USA border.

Worn down from long miles of walking and frustrated by the slow progress, many migrants have been dropping out and returning home or applying for protected status in Mexico.

"They got a lot of rough people in these caravans".

Mexican Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete Prida said about 2,300 migrants have applied to stay in Mexico under a government plan, and hundreds more have accepted assisted repatriation.

The migrants have not said what route they intend to take northward or where on the USA border they planned to reach, and Juchitan, still about 900 miles from US soil, was something of a crossroads.

The president lashed out at Ryan over voicing his criticism of ending birthright citizenship.

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The president on Wednesday indicated that 15,000 troops would be sent to the border.

Trump says he hopes US troops won't fire on the migrants, but says stones and rocks will be considered firearms if thrown.

He has also suggested that those claims should be rejected even before asylum seekers appear before a judge and begin court proceedings and that the simple fact of crossing the border illegally could also be a factor in rejecting an asylum claim. This is Trump speaking to reporters Wednesday.

"Operation Faithful Patriot" is expected to start on November 5 and last until December 15, the defense official said.

The video includes scenes of migrants moving toward the US and asks ominously, "Who else would Democrats let in?"

The spot includes expletives uttered by Bracamontes during his trial professing regret at not killing more officials.

The Trump administration is deploying troops on the USA border to stir up the president's political base, even though a migrant caravan traveling through Mexico poses no threat to United States national security, House of Representatives Minority Leader Pelosi said.

Trump has ordered thousands of USA military forces to the country's southern border to support law enforcement entities in a show of force aimed at trying to convince the caravans to turn around. On Monday, officials announced that about 5,200 were being deployed.

It was reminiscent of the infamous "Willie Horton" ad used against Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis in 1988 and condemned as racist.

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