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US PRESIDENT Donald Trump says up to 15,000 troops will be deployed to stop a caravan of Central American refugees out of the United States.
He declared “a wall of people” would be needed to keep out the “migrant caravan” which originated in Honduras and is currently walking through Mexico, having failed to persuade Mexican authorities to provide buses to help them reach Mexico City.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders praised Mexico for “forcing them walking” [sic] to “keep it from moving as aggressively towards the United States.”
The estimate is more than double the Pentagon’s figure of 7,000 and comes as the president talks tough before mid-term congressional elections. He slapped down House Speaker Paul Ryan for pointing out that he lacked the power to deny citizenship to infants born in the US, a right guaranteed in the US Constitution but which Mr Trump says he will see “ended one way or the other.”
The president said Mr Ryan “knows nothing about” birthright citizenship.
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