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    Migrant Caravan: Troops to Stay at Mexico Border 'as Long as Necessary' – Trump

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    President Donald Trump previously threatened to send up to 15,000 troops to the US-Mexico border to stop the migrant caravan from entering the country.

    Speaking to reporters at the White House on Saturday, US President Donald Trump said that troops would remain at the country’s southern border for “as long as necessary” in order to  block a caravan of thousands of undocumented migrants from Central America trying to make their way to the United States.

    READ MORE: WATCH Migrants From Caravan Climbing Fence on US Southern Border

    He went on to say that the troops had built a “very beautiful fence” to protect the border:

    “The fence is fully manned, nobody gets through. When they’re caught, they’re not released.”

    His comments came shortly after a handful of migrants, who reached Tijuana, attempted to climb the fence and cross the border, but were immediately arrested by border patrol officers.

    Earlier this week, Deputy Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters that the number of active-duty US military personnel at the border had “pretty much peaked” at roughly 5,800 troops.

    Pentagon chief Jim Mattis travelled to Texas on Wednesday to meet some of those troops, calling it a “moral and ethical mission to support our border patrolmen.”

    During his visit, Mattis stressed that “border security is part of national security” and emphasised that the troops had been deployed to boost US Customs and Border Protection as it prepares for the arrival of multiple migrant caravans in the next few weeks.

    READ MORE: First Group of Central American Caravan Migrants Arrives at US Border — Reports

    Last week, Trump signed a proclamation denying asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, while the Justice Department announced a three-month closure of the southern border.

    “The entry of any alien into the United States across the international boundary between the United States and Mexico is hereby suspended and limited, subject to section 2 of this proclamation. The suspension and limitation shall expire 90 days after the date of this proclamation or the date on which an agreement permits the United States to remove aliens to Mexico,” the DOJ press release read.

    On the same day, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit to challenge the so-called “asylum ban.”

    Several caravans of hundreds of migrants, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala have been trying to enter the US across the territory of Mexico. President Trump suggested deploying an additional 15,000 troops to the country’s southern border to stop the illegal asylum-seekers from entering the US.

    The US commander-in-chief has on multiple occasions stressed that the country’s border was “sacred” and warned that the caravans, which he labelled an “invasion,” included “very bad thugs and gang members.”

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