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Trump says migrant caravan ‘national emergency’ and alerts US military and border patrol

President Donald J. Trump salutes as he disembarks Marine One at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, and is escorted to Air Force One by U.S. Air Force Col. Samuel Chesnut. (Shealah Craighead/White House)
October 22, 2018

President Trump announced Monday that the U.S. military and border authorities have been notified that the incoming migrant caravan is considered a national emergency.

“Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National [Emergency]. Must change laws!” he tweeted Monday morning.

Last week, President Trump warned that he would “call up” the U.S. military to close the U.S.-Mexico border if the migrant caravan was not stopped.

“I am watching the Democrat Party led (because they want Open Borders and existing weak laws) assault on our country by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, whose leaders are doing little to stop this large flow of people, INCLUDING MANY CRIMINALS, from entering Mexico to U.S.,” the President said.

He continued, “In addition to stopping all payments to these countries, which seem to have almost no control over their population, I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught – and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!

“The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA. Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border. All Democrats fault for weak laws,” he added.