Published: Wed, November 14, 2018

Defense Secretary Mattis plans to visit U.S.-Mexico border

Defense Secretary Mattis plans to visit U.S.-Mexico border

Maribel, who did not want her last name used for fear of reprisals in Honduras, pushed a baby carriage with her 1-year-old daughter while her husband pushed another with their 3-year-old son along a highway leading from Guadalajara to the Nayarit capital of Tepic.

In CNN exit polls for the midterm elections, a majority of voters in swing states like Florida, Arizona, Nevada, and others said they support Trump's immigration agenda, saying it is just right or does not go far enough to reduce immigration levels.

"Our service members are performing duties along the Southwest Border in support of Customs & Border Protection and will continue to do so until otherwise directed by our senior leaders, to include the commander-in-chief", said Mike Kucharek, chief of integrated communications for U.S. Northern Command, which is overseeing the mission.

"They actually make those cases go a lot more quickly, so it will actually allow the Department of Homeland Security to process those cases within that 20-day period so they can actually get those folks back to their home countries or alternatively that they have valid claims", Arthur relays.

The roughly 4,000 migrants plan to proceed to the city of Queretaro and then possibly to Guadalajara, Culiacan, Hermosillo and eventually Tijuana on the USA border.


A US official speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed to ABC News that border authorities are girding for the first group of about 100 to arrive in Tijuana by the end of the weekend. The estimated 4,000 Central Americans left shelters in Guadalajara early Tuesday and were taken by bus to a highway tollbooth to wait for rides to their next destination. But no other buses showed up and few trucks passed to pick them up, leaving many to walk.

"We'll have to see, we'll have to see what the future holds...the first thing that we brief is what is the threat against the border - people who try to violate the border", said the defense secretary to a reporter.

As of Monday evening, most members of the largest caravan remained more than 1,500 miles from Tijuana in the western city of Guadalajara, according to Mexican officials. The migrants have come about 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) since they started out in Honduras around October 13. Police reported about 350 migrants arrived in the Baja California border city of Tecate, near Tijuana on Tuesday.

Many migrants say they are fleeing rampant poverty, gang violence and political instability primarily in the Central American countries of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua, and they have now been on the road for weeks.

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