In an interview on Monday President Trump said that the administration is planning to “build tent cities” for the thousands of migrants seeking asylum who are heading towards the Southern border.
President Trump has also been spreading fear that migrant “caravan” might be affiliated with violent gang members (claim not proven) cause which includes thousands of Central Americans are fleeing violence and dire economic conditions back home.
The president during a pre-recorded interview with Fox News’s Laura Ingraham said the administration will “hold” the migrants who apply for asylum rather than releasing them pending their court dates, as previous administrations have done.
Though the migrants are weeks from reaching the border President Trump said:
“If they applied for asylum, we’re going to hold them until such time as their trial takes place,” Trump told Ingraham.
“Where? We have the facilities?” she asked.
“We’re going to put up – we’re going to build tent cities,” Trump replied. “We’re going to put tents up all over the place. We’re not going to build structures and spend all of this, you know, hundreds of millions of dollars — we’re going to have tents.”
“They’re going to be very nice,” he added.
Trump has called the caravan of Central American migrants an “invasion.” He has also referred to the midterms as the election of the “caravan.”
In an effort to frighten the electorate ahead of Election Day, the President has been accused of drawing on xenophobic and or racist images by Democrats and immigration-rights activists
Ingraham during the interview asked Trump to respond to former President Obama, who denounced the president’s rhetoric about the caravan during a recent campaign event.
“Now the latest, they’re trying to convince everybody to be afraid of a bunch of impoverished, malnourished refugees a thousand miles away — that’s the thing, it’s the most important in this election?” Obama said during an event in Florida this week. “We’re scare-mongering people on the border.”
Preident Trump did not only mention about criminal or gang members but also included Middle Easterns mixing in with the caravan and tweeted as follows
“Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the southern border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws ! “