Trump Sends 5,200 Troops To Mexico Border As Caravan Advances

That caravan, which consists of about 4,000 migrants - many from Honduras - prompted President Trump to order thousands of soldiers to the U.S. -Mexico border.

US officials told Reuters last week the military will have not have an active law enforcement role, instead sending engineers, pilots and other support staff including some that may be able deal with crowd control on the USA side of the border.

The two groups combined represent just a few days' worth of the average flow of migrants to the United States, and similar ones have occurred regularly over the years, passing largely unnoticed, but this year they have become a hot-button political issue amid an unprecedented push-back from U.S. President Donald Trump.

Trump, who campaigned against illegal immigration to win the 2016 USA presidential vote, has seized on this caravan in the run-up to the congressional elections, firing up support for his Republican Party, which is seeking to maintain control of Congress.

"Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border", he wrote without supporting evidence.

Mexico routinely complains about the treatment of its own citizens living in the U.S. without the proper papers, but has been detaining and deporting Central Americans in large numbers since 2014.

When asked if the USA military was being used as part of a political stunt, O'Shaughnessy noted that the US military routinely partners with the Department of Homeland Security on a host of operations. About 600 migrants in the second group tried to cross a bridge from Guatemala to Mexico en masse Monday. "But we are going to try".

"I firmly believe that border security is national security", O'Shaughnessy said. A previous migrant caravan this year ended with about 200 people at the border between Tijuana and San Diego in early May, where they turned themselves over to authorities on the USA side and applied for asylum.

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Trump insists his immigration moves have nothing to do with politics, even as he rails against the caravans at campaign rallies. It is not covered by the 14th Amendment because of the words "subject to the jurisdiction thereof".

North American Aerospace Defense Command Gen. Terrence John O'Shaughnessy said the Defense Department has a long history of helping DHS and this operation is the newest example of that strong relationship.

"Our Military is waiting for you!" he tweeted.

Trump said the United States would build "tent cities" to house migrants seeking asylum, rather than releasing them while they await court decisions.

Trump denied his focus on the caravan is meant to help Republicans in next week's midterms, saying, "This has nothing to do with elections". Others joined it in southern Mexico. Unfortunately, one migrant was killed as the police sought to hold them off, but reports differ as to who actually killed the person. On Monday, more than 100 migrants lined up at a gas station parking lot to wait for rides.

Migrants walk along train tracks in Mexico. That law bans the use of American military personnel for civilian law enforcement efforts on USA soil, outside military installations.

They will bring border personnel "exactly where they need to be, regardless of the conditions", O'Shaughnessy said.

U.S. officials have told Reuters the support mission would be coordinated by the United States military's Northern Command.

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