Command officials anticipate sending almost 5,200 active duty soldiers, sailors, Airmen and Marines to USA border states, to serve as logistics and support units to the already 2,000 National Guard units already stationed there.
Mr Trump said the USA was "going to be prepared" and that the migrants are "not coming into our country".
Eager to keep his conservative base fired up - just five days before midterm elections that will shape his domestic agenda - President Donald Trump claimed a Central American migrant caravan headed to the U.S. -Mexico border includes "very tough fighters" that had wounded Mexican security personnel.
Around 3 a.m. Thursday morning, the lead caravan, according to the Associated Press, hit the road from Juchitan in southern Mexico for a trek to Santa Maria Jalapa del Marques, about 35 miles to the west.
Under US immigration law, any immigrant in the US can apply for asylum regardless of how he or she entered the country.
Thousands of Central American migrants in a caravan traveling through Mexico planned to rest at least a day or longer in the southern city of Juchitan beginning Wednesday, hoping to organize mass transport northward after days of hard walking in tropical temperatures that have left them about 900 miles from the nearest US border crossing. The suspect in that case, Robert Bowers, reportedly posted anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant comments on social media, claiming Jews were helping a migrant caravan that he likened to "invaders".
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Mexican officials and forces "Should stop them before they reach our Border, but won't!"
Mexican Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete Prida said about 2,300 migrants have applied to stay in Mexico under a government plan, and hundreds more have accepted assisted repatriation. The troops are legally barred from enforcing U.S. immigration law and are instead providing support to border officials.
On another immigration front, Trump said this week he would seek to scrap the constitutional right of citizenship for USA -born children of non-citizens and illegal immigrants, saying he would issue an executive order on so-called birthright citizenship.
"Trump is painting a word picture for his political base of troops arrayed along the border to hurl back invaders, when what he is really sending are mechanics, construction workers, planners, supply clerks and pilots who will be planning, building, supplying, flying and repairing", said CNN military analyst John Kirby.
Trump also addressed the asylum policy in the US, which now allows people to ask for asylum whether they enter the USA legally or illegally. Last year, Border Patrol arrested about 400,000 people at the border ― more than the year before, but in line with other recent years.
The Trump administration is being sued for turning away asylum seekers from ports of entry. There was no indication from officials whether the request to transport the perhaps 4,000 people remaining in the group would be granted.
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The official added that verbal orders went out this past weekend to some units and additional written orders are starting Monday.
At least 5,000 members of the military, and perhaps as many as 15,000, are being dispatched to America's southern border ahead of multiple caravans that are coming up from Central America.
That means more than 9,000 troops have already been committed to military operations on the border and Trump, who is prone to hyperbole, on Wednesday said the final number could swell to 15,000 troops.
The video is reminiscent of the infamous 1988 "Willie Horton" ad used against Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis and condemned as racist.
The video includes scenes of migrants moving toward the US and asks ominously, "Who else would Democrats let in?"
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