Trump lacks legal authority to send military to U.S.-Mexico border

Trump lacks legal authority to send military to U.S.-Mexico border

US President Donald Trump addressed the situation on Twitter, warning he could take military action to close the US' border with Mexico to stop the flow of immigrants from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

Thousands of migrants have arrived at the Mexico-Guatemala border, with some climbing over the fence separating the two countries.

Throughout the week, federal police aircraft arrived in the city of Tapachula, near the border with Guatemala, with hundreds of federal officers equipped with antiriot gear. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement saying "while we are passionate about solving the issue of illegal immigration, we are not angry at one another".

Current Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray was also sanguine and viewed things through the lens of US politics.

Hundreds of federal police in riot gear fanned out on the global bridge in Suchiate, on the Mexican-Guatemalan border, as the caravan of several thousand Honduran migrants trekked toward the crossing.

In Mexico, authorities say that any immigrant who crosses the border illegally will be deported.

"Mexico will make its decision", Pompeo said.

The "March of the Migrant" began on Saturday in Honduras with just over 1,000 Hondurans en route to the United States of America.

Orellana says "the economy in Honduras is bad, there is nothing there".

The members of the group tried to form an orderly line to the Mexico border, Weir reported.

But there are still many unanswered questions about how this will actually play out once large numbers of migrants arrive. Others prepared to cross the river in rafts, the traditional way migrants enter.

As the sun rose, a military helicopter flew along the Mexican side of the river foreshadowing the difficulties they could face. "It's the third time that I'm trying to cross", said the 22-year-old who dreams of finding a construction job in Los Angeles.

But Marcelo Ebrard, who has been picked as Mexico's next foreign minister, downplayed the comments and said Trump was appealing to his domestic political base.

When troops were previously mobilised by Trump in response to unlawful migration, their mission has been mostly passive support for border agents, like logistics and surveillance.

This appears to be a shift from previous policies, in which humanitarian or transit visas were issued, and migrants were given the option of continuing their journey north if they didn't want to seek asylum in Mexico.

The head of Mexico's federal police says that they have achieved their first objective of preventing a violent breach of the border by some 3,000 migrants trying to enter from Guatemala.

In addition to this latest caravan now at the Mexico-Guatemala border, a us border patrol official tells CBS News there has been an increase in large groups attempting to cross into the USA together.

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