Go back to your country, apply for US citizenship: Trump to caravan of Central American migrants

WION Web Team United States Oct 26, 2018, 09.42 AM(IST)

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'To those in the Caravan, turnaround, we are not letting people into the United States illegally. Go back to your Country and if you want, apply for citizenship like millions of others are doing!', his tweet read.

 

 

Taking a tough stand at the migrants heading towards the US from Central America, President Donald Trump on Thursday said that his country would not allow migrants to enter illegally.

Calling the situation as "National emergency", he asked the people to return back to their country and apply for citizenship of the United States.

"To those in the Caravan, turnaround, we are not letting people into the United States illegally. Go back to your Country and if you want, apply for citizenship like millions of others are doing!", his tweet read.

A caravan of some 5,000 to 7,000 people, mostly from the three Latin American countries El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala are heading towards America through Mexico to enter the country illegally.

The migrants include people who are seeking to escape violence, poverty and government corruption in their home countries.

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Hours before his tweet, Trump had said that he was deploying military on the Southern border with Mexico to stop them from entering the United States illegally. He also described the situation as "national emergency".

He also hit out at the former US government saying that the people are taking the advantage of the "stupid" US policy of catch and release under which the immigrants are arrested immediately upon entering the border illegally and then released with the advice that they appear before the court for the next hearing, which at times is months away.

Trump's administration had said Thursday that it would send 1,000 active-duty troops to the US-Mexico border.

Although Trump's language in recent days has suggested the military might be directly involved in preventing the migrants from entering the United States, one official said the troops would engage only in logistics and infrastructure services, like setting up tents, and not law enforcement activities.
There are currently 2,100 National Guard troops along the US border in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

Trump has taken a hard line toward immigration - legal and illegal - since becoming president.  

(With inputs from agencies)