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"We go for about a month, I stopped counting the days, we are helped by Almighty God and the good people you meet on the way", says this mother of a family.

The Defense Department says it's sending 5,200 active duty troops to "harden" the southern border against a migrant caravan making its way through Mexico. "This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!"

Navarrete said some of the attackers carried guns and firebombs."Mexico does not criminalize undocumented immigration", he said.Also on Sunday, about 300 Salvadorans departed from San Salvador hoping to make their way to the U.S.as a group.Meanwhile, some of the migrants in the initial caravan, now estimated at 4,000 people, rested Sunday in the shade of tarps strung across the town plaza or picked up trash in Tapanatepec, population 7,500.

His warning comes as the U.S. military is reportedly preparing to send 5,000 troops to the border, a significant increase over the initial estimates of 800 reported last week.

The number of people in the first migrant caravan headed toward the USA has dwindled to about 4,000 from about 7,000 last week, though a second one was gaining steam and marked by violence.

The Pentagon claimed that directs to the border with Mexico more than five thousand troops.

Trump reiterated that he wanted to set up "tent cities" to hold people coming to the US, including those seeking asylum.

Now there are 2,100 National Guard helping at the border.

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The Customs and Border Patrol is pushing a surge in personnel in response to the caravan of Central American immigrants, which was still hundreds of miles from the US border, three administration officials said.

"Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border", Trump wrote without providing evidence, doubling down on the hardline anti-immigrant rhetoric that helped fuel his 2016 election victory.

General Terrence O'Shaughnessy, the head of U.S. Northern Command, said 800 U.S. troops were already en route to the Texas border and more were headed to the borders in California and Arizona. The troops will include military police, combat engineers and others helping on the border.

The Pentagon last week approved a request for additional troops at the southern border.

Perhaps Trump doesn't understand that it is legal for anyone on USA soil, even if they arrived without documentation or authorization, to claim asylum and start a legal process that can end with them being allowed to stay. All of the active-duty troops are scheduled to be deployed by the end of the week, but some are already in the Rio Grande Valley.

Mattis told reporters traveling with him Sunday that the deployment was still being worked out, but that the additional troops would provide logistical and other support to the Border Patrol and bolster the efforts of the approximately 2,000 National Guard forces already there.

The caravan remains at least 900 miles from US territory, so its arrival is not imminent.


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