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Migrants who throw rocks will be arrested, not shot

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"Migrants seeking asylum will have to present themselves lawfully at a port of entry", Trump told reporters at the White House.

"We will consider that a firearm", Trump said, arguing there's "not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock".

"We've seen violence coming out of the caravan and we've seen as they've passed other worldwide borders, we've seen them behave in a nature that has not been what we've seen in the past". "We're putting up massive cities of tents; the military is helping us incredibly well", Trump said in a major policy speech on illegal immigrants.

US President Donald Trump has deployed thousands of troops to the border as part of his crack down on illegal immigration. Many more troops coming.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a fact sheet stating that "over 270 individuals along the caravan route have criminal histories, including known gang membership". That means providing protection that is "critical to national security, from a threat or aggression against the United States". But Trump offered few details on how exactly he planned to overhaul an asylum system he claimed was plagued by "endemic abuse" that he said "makes a mockery of our immigration system". The notion that the US military is incapable of handling the army of illegal aliens approaching our Southern border in a humane manner is not only an insult to the professionalism and capability of our military officers and troops, it is rebutted by the plain evidence of our national history. An Nov. 1, 2018 statement from the U.S. Northern Command does as well. Who will corral them and where they will be interned is left to imaginary friends in the federal workforce who will be mobilized to the Southern Border.

In most cases, yes.

As the caravan crossed into the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, Gov. Miguel Angel Yunes announced that authorities there would be providing not only humanitarian assistance but also offering mass transportation for the migrants. That's because the troops' activities on domestic soil are strictly limited by the Posse Comitatus Act, which establishes the prohibition of military involvement in domestic law enforcement.

Trump has characterized it as an "invasion" of migrants.

According to Gen. O'Shaughnessy, no special provisions will govern these forces.

Trump said that from now on, the United States will stop its policy of allowing people to claim political asylum at the border unless they have first gone through an official border post.

Official Defense Department regulations say "deadly force is justified only when there is a reasonable belief that the subject of such force poses an imminent threat of death or serious bodily harm to a person". Currently, there is a backlog of about 700,000 cases, and it can take years for claims to get resolved.

The president, who has ordered US troops to the border with Mexico, also suggested rock-throwing by migrants would be treated as equivalent to gun usage. The wrongful death lawsuit brought by the boy's family against the agent has been dismissed by two lower courts.

Trump was clarifying his previous remarks from the day before and appeared to walk back the suggestion that he would authorize the use of lethal force against a rock thrower.

He then stressed rock throwers would be arrested. This caused widespread condemnation in the media and among Democrats, with even some military veterans claiming this would violate the current rules of engagement.

Retired Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, who preceded Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, took double-barreled aim at the border mission.

To which he added, "They won't".

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