Migrant caravan demands transport as new group enters Mexico

Migrant caravan takes a break in southern Mexico

Migrants and police clash, one killed

President Donald Trump says he's planning "tent cities" to house asylum-seeking Central American migrants who are traveling in caravans toward the U.S. Police rescued the man as he was being beaten and took him to a hospital for treatment, though his condition was not immediately clear.On Sunday, several in the caravan took to microphones to denounce the attack."Is that the way we're going to always behave?" a woman from Honduras asked.Others complained of trekkers smoking marijuana or warned that images of litter and uneaten food made them appear disrespectful.The group planned to set out early Monday for Niltepec, 54 kilometers (33 miles) to the northwest in Oaxaca state.The caravan still must travel 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) to reach the nearest USA border crossing at McAllen, Texas.

U.S. President Donald Trump has hardened his stance on immigration ahead of November 6 congressional elections.

President Donald Trump, eager to focus voters on immigration in the lead-up to the mid-term elections next week, escalated his threats against the caravan, tweeting: "This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!"

Additionally, officials were monitoring another group of about 3,000 people that had gathered at a border crossing between Guatemala and Mexico.

Terrence O'Shaughnessy, the chief of U.S. Northern Command, told reporters Monday that the deployments, dubbed "Operation Faithful Patriot", already are underway.

"Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border", Trump said.

But any migrants who complete the long trek to the southern USA border already face major hurdles - both physical and bureaucratic - to being allowed into the United States.

The 4,000 migrants who have turned down Mexico's offers for assistance are still walking toward the border and have reached the city of Arriaga.

"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.

In an interview Monday, Trump said the USA would build "tent cities" for asylum seekers.

Trump denied his focus on the caravan is meant to help Republicans in next week's midterms, saying, "This has nothing to do with elections".

The troops will join the more than 2,000 National Guardsmen that Trump has already deployed to the border. But the core group of mostly Honduran migrants has rejected his entreaty and continued heading north toward the US border. "This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!" The troops expected to be sent to the border will primarily consist of military police and engineers, but the military also reportedly plans to send Marines.

"These migrants need water, diapers and basic necessities - not an army division", Shaw Drake, policy counsel for the ACLU's Border Rights Center in El Paso, said in a statement.

The U.S. military has already begun delivering jersey barriers to the southern border in conjunction with the deployment plans.

"Please go back", the president tweeted Monday.

The U.S. military still had no firm idea of what the operation would cost, he added.

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