Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said Tuesday that US authorities are tracking the caravan of refugees, now estimated at around 3,500 people, as well as another group between Guatemala and Mexico of about 3,000 people.
President Donald Trump on Thursday will highlight immigration as a "crisis" facing the nation, making remarks from the Roosevelt Room of the White House before he travels to Columbia, Missouri, for another campaign rally, the second of 11 he plans in a last-minute blitz before Election Day on Tuesday.
"Immigration is a very, very big and very unsafe - a really risky topic and we're not gonna allow people to come into our country that don't have the well being of our country in mind", he added before insisting that he is not "fear mongering".
Trump has focused increasingly on immigration heading into the final days of the midterms, as Republicans across the country struggle to match their opponents in drumming up voter enthusiasm.
Thousands of Central American migrants resumed their slow trek through southern Mexico on Thursday, as immigration agents and police nibbled at the edges of the two caravans now in the country. 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".
A new caravan of Salvadoran migrants.
The leading migrant caravan trying to make its way to the United States border is admitting defeat after asking the Mexican government to provide dozens of buses to speed up the group's journey northward.
He has criticized the guarantee, which is enshrined in the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, for allowing children of illegal immigrants to become citizens.
"We'll be doing an executive order sometime next week", he said, giving little further detail. Officials said that number could reach a maximum of about 8,000 under present plans.
President Donald Trump says the number of military troops deployed to the U.S.
Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday that "we'll go up to anywhere between 10 and 15,000 military personnel on top of Border Patrol, Ice and everybody else at the border". In recent years, such operations have been carried out by National Guard forces, largely part-time military members often called upon to respond to domestic emergencies.
Just last week officials were indicating that about 800 to 1,000 might be sent.
The official added that verbal orders went out this past weekend to some units and additional written orders are starting Monday.
'As far as the caravan is concerned, our military is out.
The video includes scenes of migrants moving toward the USA and asks ominously, "Who else would Democrats let in?"
During his court appearance earlier this year, the Trump political ad shows Bracamontes saying, "The only thing that I (expletive) regret is that I (expletive) killed two".