Trump sends 15K troops to border ahead of caravan arrival

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WASHINGTON D.C. (ABC4 News)-President Trump says there’s a crisis at the border and he will sign an executive order to refuse asylum to migrants who enter the U.S. illegally.

“Under this plan, the illegal aliens will no longer get a free pass into our country by launching meritless claims in seeking asylum,” he said.

The caravan of Central American migrants is still hundreds of miles and weeks away from the United States, but President Trump is acting now –  before the midterm election.

He says he’ll send up to 10,000 more active-duty troops to the border–on top of the 5,000 already headed south.

California Congresswoman Jackie Speier is talking about a last-minute bombshell designed to influence the midterm elections. 

“We’re sending ten to fifteen thousand troops, which means we’re going to spend between a hundred and a hundred and fifty million dollars so that he can have, I guess his surprise, his ‘October surprise’,” she said.

Gary Nordlinger with the George Washington Graduate School of Political Management says the president’s immigration rhetoric is certainly political but for the president and his supporters, it’s also a real concern.

“Immigration has been Donald Trump’s signature issue,” Nordlinger said.

The president says the active duty troops on the border will be armed and have orders to shoot back if the migrants throw rocks or otherwise attack.

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