Trump plans 'tent cities' at US-Mexico border

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Trump took to Twitter on Monday to again blast the migrant caravan, which is comprised mainly of Hondurans and is making its way slowly northward, mostly on foot, through Mexico.

Good news is, the "caravan" is still 1,000 miles away from the nearest crossing at McAllen, Texas, AP reported, and the trek "could be twice as long if the group of some 4,000 migrants heads for the Tijuana-San Diego frontier, as another caravan did earlier this year".

Many basic questions remain unanswered a day after the Pentagon announced an open-ended deployment of over 5,200 active-duty troops to the border, including the cost and scope of the mission as well as the Pentagon's assessment of any threat posed by arriving migrants.

General of the US air force on meet the press said that "to the end of the week referred to the military contingent will be placed in the South-Western sector of our border, and this is only the beginning of large-scale operations".

A low-flying police helicopter hovered overhead as the migrants waded in large groups through the Suchiate River's murky waters, apparently trying to use the downdraft from its rotors to discourage them. And on Monday, the Federal Police aggressively tried to turn back hundreds more migrants who crossed the Suchiate River to enter Mexico from Guatemala.

Susan Ormiston describes the people she's encountered in the caravan in Southern Mexico.

United States officials told Reuters they would begin deploying as soon as Tuesday and their mission was authorised through to mid-December, a date that could be extended.

On Sunday, one migrant died after he was hit with a rubber bullet when Mexican federal police rebuffed another group of migrants who tried to enter the country over the worldwide bridge.

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It means that within days, the U.S. military will have more than three times as many troops along the southern border as it does fighting Islamic State in Syria. They said asylum in the United States is their primary goal, but some expressed openness to applying for protected status in Mexico if that doesn't work out. One migrant died from a head wound during the clash, but the cause was unclear. More than 1,500 of the original group have applied for asylum in Mexico.

The White House is also weighing additional border security measures, including blocking those traveling in the caravan from seeking legal asylum and preventing them from entering the U.S.

His experience with the caravan had taught him one thing, he said: "The next time, I'm going to need a 'coyote, '" or smuggler.

The massive deployment marks a sharp increase from initial estimates last week, when United States officials said about 800 active-duty troops would head south.

"If you wanna wait, they don't usually get asylum".

"Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border", Trump wrote. You know that. The problem is they release them in and then they have the trial, three years later, and nobody shows up."Under current protocol, migrants who clear an initial screening are often released until their cases are decided in immigration court, which can take several years".

The projected USA deployment is already roughly the same size as the US military contingent in Iraq.

On Sunday, Defence Secretary James Mattis told reporters that construction materials, including barriers, were being moved to the border as part of the deployment.