President Trump, unlike his predecessor, will not take the looming migrant caravan lying down. Instead, he is gearing up for a fight: the president has deployed thousands of military troops to the border, he continues to build up the border wall, he has instructed military personnel to construct additional security barriers, he wants immigration enforcement to make a human wall at the border.
Trump has done everything in his power to prevent unlawful and illegal entry by the thousands-strong migrant caravan and he just showed his next move.
In a conversation to reporters at the White House, President Trump said military personnel protecting the border were instructed to forcibly arrest any of the migrants who acted violently.
Via the Washington Examiner:
President Trump on Friday walked back an earlier comment that troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border would treat rock-throwing by members of the migrant caravan as shooting.
When asked by reporters outside the White House Friday afternoon if he was advocating the military use firearms to respond to people throwing rocks , Trump said, “No, no, no, no, no.”
“But if our soldiers or Border Patrol or ICE are gonna be hit in the face with rocks, we’re gonna arrest those people. That doesn’t mean shoot them. But we’re going to arrest those people quickly and for a long period of time,” said Trump.
Trump’s response clarified a remark the president made a day earlier at a campaign rally where he said he would consider the caravan members throwing rocks at the military as if they were firing a weapon on them.
“Anybody throwing stones, rocks — like they did to Mexico and the Mexican military, Mexican police, where they badly hurt police and soldiers of Mexico — we will consider that a firearm because there’s not much difference,” Trump said on Thursday. “Because there’s not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock.”
Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino’s website reports Trump is taking a much more hardline stance on those within the migrant caravan seeking asylum:
The President delivered a no-nonsense speech at the White House on Thursday to respond to the “crisis at our southern border” and took a hardline stance on how his administration would treat asylum seekers.
The administration has decided to process asylum-seekers only by “lawfully present themselves” at ports of entry and any claims of asylum made when caught illegally entering the country would be summarily denied under Trump’s proposal.
As Fox News reports, a dozen members of the migrant caravan are suing President Trump and members of his administration:
A dozen migrants traveling by foot from Honduras to the U.S. to seek asylum filed a class-action lawsuit Thursday against President Trump, the Department of Homeland Security and others, claiming a violation of their due process under the Fifth Amendment.
The lawsuit points to Trump’s claim that he will prevent the caravan from entering the U.S. It claims that the president cannot stop asylum-seekers by employing the military — when they have a fair claim. The suit criticized the president’s alleged attempt at stoking “fear and hysteria” by claiming that criminals and gang members have joined the caravan.
The suit cited a Trump interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, where the president laid out plans to build tent cities to house migrants. The suit questioned the functionality of such a project, and asked if these living quarters would qualify under the Flores Agreement of 1997. The agreement protects asylum-seekers’ rights and limits how long minors can be held.