President Trump, “Our Military Will Use Force if Migrants Resort to Violence”
Friday, US resident Donald Trump said the military will respond with force to anyone in the invading migrant caravans who attacks soldiers with rocks or other objects.
At least 5,000 members of the regular US military, and as many as 15,000, are being dispatched to America’s southern border ahead of multiple caravans that are coming up from Central America.
“We are not going to put up with that; they want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back,” President Trump said during a White House press conference about immigration. “I told them, consider it a rifle. When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexico military and police, I say consider it a rifle.”
It is not exactly clear when the migrant caravans will arrive at the US border, but President Trump said the military and Border Patrol will be ready to process them.
President Trump also addressed the asylum policy in the US, which currently allows people to ask for asylum whether they enter the US legally or illegally. The Border Patrol puts them in the system and releases them into the US, with the promise the migrants will appear at a hearing, which is often 2 years or more later.
President Trump said he will sign a comprehensive executive order next week that will overhaul the asylum process, which will include holding asylum-seekers in facilities near the border until their cases are heard. That, he said, would prevent them from fleeing and never showing up at court.
The order will also require asylum-seekers to come to the US at an official POE (port of entry), rather than illegally crossing the border.
“Asylum is not a program for those living in poverty,” President Trump said. “There are millions of people in the world living at the poverty level. The United States cannot possibly absorb them all. Asylum is a very special protection, intended only for those fleeing government persecution based on race, religion, and other protected status.”
President Trump said families will remain together in tents and other structures the Army Corps of Engineers is currently putting together while their asylum cases play out.
“We are holding so many people that our facilities are being overrun,” he said. “And we are putting up temporary facilities, eventually people will not be coming here anymore when they realize they can’t come through.”