Donald Trump to Caravan Migrants: 'Go Back to Your Country'

800 more troops to be sent to Mexican border

800 more troops to be sent to Mexican border

It was not immediately clear why active duty forces were chosen, since National Guard troops can perform the same functions.

Four days after crossing into Mexico, the caravan is still more than 3,000 kilometres from the United States border, moving along a route that runs parallel with the Pacific coast.

Trump in his tweet is blaming Democrats for laws he says make it too hard to stop people at the border.

The Commander-in-Chief's comments come as approximately 1,700 migrants abandoned the caravan; citing lack of water, medicine, and extreme weather as they turned south and returned to their country of origin.

Trump had signalled his intention to send more troops last week, saying on Twitter that unless Mexico stopped the "onslaught" of people from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, he would "call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!" He and his senior aides have long believed the issue - which was a centerpiece of his winning presidential campaign - is key to revving up his base and motivating GOP voters to turn out in November.

The caravan swelled dramatically soon after crossing the Mexican border on October 19, but sickness, fear and police harassment have whittled down its numbers.

As it has headed north, the migrant caravan has grown to include thousands of people. Since entering Mexico at its southernmost tip, the group has advanced roughly 95 miles.

Trump earlier this year ordered the deployment of National Guard members to the U.S. -Mexico border to respond to a spike in illegal border crossings.

Because they would not be performing law enforcement duties they would not be in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits the federal government from using the armed forces in a domestic police role.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey sent hundreds of troops to the border earlier this year as part of "Operation Guardian Shield", a mission that extended through September 30.

But Trump told a rally crowd in Wisconsin on Wednesday that moves were underway. In May, National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd told the Los Angeles Times that Border Patrol agents "have seen no benefit" and that the deployment was "a colossal waste of resources".

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