29 October, 2018
President Trump and his top national security team are considering drastic measures to "halt entry" for thousands of undocumented migrants slowly making their way towards the United States; proposing an executive order that would block "nearly all" Central American asylum seekers.
A larger group of thousands of Central American migrants has been winding its way through southern Mexico with the goal of reaching the US border.
Nielsen, who was in Yuma, Arizona, to tour a section of new border wall, said some 30 percent of women and girls and 17 percent of men experience sexual assault when they make that trip.
The Mexican government offered temporary residency and work permits to migrants who agreed to stay in southern states in an effort to minimize their northward flow toward the United States.
The US legally must hear asylum claims from migrants if they say they have a "credible fear" of violence in their home countries.
Stoking fears about the caravan and illegal immigration to rally his Republican base, the president insinuated that gang members and "Middle Easterners" are mixed in with the group, though he later acknowledged there was no proof of that.
"If not, I'll stay", he said. When trucks stop it's usually young men who sprint to reach them first.
The president has stepped up his focus on immigration in the days leading up to the November 6 elections that will determine which party controls Congress, focusing on a caravan of migrants heading north through Mexico that is about 1,000 miles away but dwindling in size.
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However, by the end of Thursday, the USA president was also thanking Mexico for its efforts to contain the caravan . The group chanted: 'We are not smugglers, we are migrants , ' as they reorganized themselves on Friday afternoon.
A coordinator of the caravan said they would strike out again before dawn for Tapanatepec, about 29 miles (46 kilometers) away across the Oaxaca state line.
The Mexican president, Enrique Peña Nieto, said that migrants wishing to obtain temporary identification documents, jobs or education for their children could do so by registering for asylum in southern Mexico.
Nielsen said she even has received reports from governments in the region that kidnappings have occurred as part of efforts to exploit USA immigration law.
The safest route would take them to Tijuana, across the United States border from San Diego. Many members have been travelling for more than two weeks. Only about 200 in that group made it to the border.
"Even if it's a short-term deployment, it's another step toward militarization of our border", Isacson said, adding that 40 percent of people being apprehended at the border were children and families.
The bulk of the migrants were boisterous Friday evening in their refusal to accept anything less than safe passage to the USA border.
Mujica accused immigration officials of trying to scare them. The ministry said pregnant women, children and the elderly were among those who had joined the program and were now being attended at shelters. But Trump has pledged that he will not allow the migrants to cross into the US illegally, describing the situation as a national emergency.
The program was announced by Pena Nieto on Friday, as a way to address the issue of migrants taking part in the caravan.