Only about 200 in that smaller group made it to the border.Most of the migrants in the caravan appeared determined to reach the US, despite an offer of refuge in Mexico.Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto launched a program Friday dubbed "You are home", which promises shelter, medical attention, schooling and jobs to Central Americans who agree to stay in the southern Mexico states of Chiapas or Oaxaca, far from the USA border.Mexico's interior minister said Sunday that temporary identity numbers had been issued to more than 300 migrants, which would allow them to stay and work in Mexico. Police rescued the man as he was being beaten and took him to a hospital for treatment, though his condition was not immediately clear.On Sunday, several in the caravan took to microphones to denounce the attack."Is that the way we're going to always behave?" a woman from Honduras asked.Others complained of trekkers smoking marijuana or warned that images of litter and uneaten food made them appear disrespectful.The group planned to set out early Monday for Niltepec, 54 kilometers (33 miles) to the northwest in Oaxaca state.The caravan still must travel 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) to reach the nearest USA border crossing at McAllen, Texas.
The announcement during a Fox News interview came as the Pentagon announced it was deploying 5,200 active-duty troops to beef up security, and follows weeks of heated anti-migrant rhetoric from the president ahead of crucial midterm congressional elections next week. At least 1,000 caravan members have applied for asylum in Mexico, authorities say. So said General Terrence O'Shaughnessy during a joint Defense Department and Customs and Border Protection press briefing Monday.
"Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border", Trump said.
Customs and Border Protection is pushing a surge in personnel in response to the caravan of Central American immigrants, which is still hundreds of miles from the U.S. border.
"We're already facing a border security and humanitarian crisis", he said, adding that an average of 1,900 people have been crossing the border without authorization each day in recent weeks.
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The deployments thrust the military further into a political fight in which the president increasingly has sought to cast the migrants as a national security threat in the days leading up to the November 6 midterm elections.
The Pentagon said it's sending 5,200 troops to the Southwest border in an extraordinary military operation.
The troops will join the more than 2,000 National Guardsmen that Trump has already deployed to the border.
Migrants are entitled under both USA and worldwide law to apply for asylum.
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The White House is also weighing additional border security measures, including blocking those traveling in the caravan from seeking legal asylum and preventing them from entering the U.S. Those deployments, which primarily include military police and engineers, began Monday and will continue throughout the week, according to the document.
"If you wanna wait, they don't usually get asylum".
The troops are expected to perform a wide variety of functions such as transporting supplies for the Border Patrol, but not engage directly with migrants seeking to cross the border, officials said.
The projected US deployment is already roughly the same size as the USA military contingent in Iraq.
"Please go back", he urged them, "you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process".
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The caravan remains at least 900 miles from US territory, so its arrival is not imminent.