The original number thrown around was 5,000….
That will not be the final number to get to the American border to seek asylum ….
Some will stay in Mexico….
Others have already headed back to Hondurs, Salvador and Guatemala…..
Trump can’t stop foreign aid to those mentioned countries….
Congress has that authority and THAT simply isn’t gonna happen…
Nor can Trump send combat troops to the border to close it down…
Homeland Security is already almost maxed out in holding people for processing…
Trump’s admin COULD be stuck with images of kids and mothers looking at border cops inn the media….
THAT is something that will NOT play well for Trump with the public or judges….
As a widely publicized caravan of thousands of migrants makes its way through Mexico toward the United States and sets off a new round of fury from the White House, President Donald Trump has threatened to use the military if necessary to repel them.
But the reality is that for now, Trump can do little more than complain.
Most of the ideas Trump has floated in response to the caravan seem unlikely to flourish as U.S. policy. He’s vowed to cut off aid to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, where most of the travelers are from. But that would require congressional approval and runs the risk of exacerbating the regional instability that caused many to leave in the first place. He’s threatened to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border, but that would be disastrous for trade and for the roughly 500,000 people who legally cross into the U.S. every day for work, school, shopping and tourism.
Trump already tried sending the military to the southern border earlier this year, when he deployed the National Guard. But they can’t actually detain immigrants. If the move was meant as a show of force to scare away would-be migrants, it didn’t work. Unauthorized crossings are up slightly this year compared to last and the number of families crossing together as a unit hit a monthly record in September of more than 16,500 people.
For the moment, Trump is doing what he does best: Spreading alarm, demonizing immigrants and lashing out at Democrats. But once the migrants arrive, U.S. officials will have little choice but to let many of them in…..