The president told U.S. troops to treat the rocks thrown by migrants like rifles and gave the troops permission to “fight back.”
The terrifying rhetoric comes only one day after the president announced he would send as many as 15,000 U.S. troops to the border to fend off the approaching group of migrants seeking refuge and asylum in the United States.
The so-called caravan primarily consists of women and children seeking relief from violence, poverty, and hunger in Central America.
“We’re not going to put up with that. If they want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back. We’re going to consider it. I told them, consider it a rifle. When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexico military and police, I say consider it a rifle.” — Trump
The president also announced that he would be issuing an executive order next week that would further restrict U.S. asylum regulations.
He insisted that many migrants “fabricate” their need for asylum despite the fact that the president himself has repeatedly lectured on the dangers posed by groups like MS13 — a threat that is very real to people living in Central America and one of the motivating factors behind their exodus.
Earlier this year, however, Attorney General Jeff Sessions removed the threats of gang and domestic violence from the list of qualifying “fear claims” to achieve asylum.
The president’s xenophobic comments have only been ramping up as we approach the November 6 midterm elections as he attempts to stoke his racist base to clinch close races in states like Texas and Georgia.
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