The president's remarks, 5 days before U.S. voters determine which party will control Congress and state governorships across the country, drew immediate criticism as an effort to generate fear and energize his political base.
"Those who choose to break our laws and enter illegally will no longer be able to use meritless claims to gain automatic admission into our country", he continued.
Trump said he would issue a "comprehensive" executive order next week on immigration-related matters, including his asylum plan. He also has said he plans an executive order to unilaterally end the constitutionally protected right of citizenship for children born to non-U.S. citizens. "They have done everything perfectly, and they are going to come in".More news: Cardiff, Leicester match to go ahead following death of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
Trump has ramped up his tough stance on illegal immigration in recent days.
A US Border Patrol agent patrols along a section of the US-Mexico border fence in San Diego, California, July 16, 2018. But many migrants are unaware of that guidance, and official border crossings have grown increasingly clogged. Other caravans have since followed.
Trump alleged that these immigrants were throwing rocks, viciously, and violently. "When we continued the exact same law, the country went insane." - immigration speech Thursday. "When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexico military and police, I say consider it a rifle", he said.
"It's the military. I hope there won't be that", he said.
Trump also tweeted a video Wednesday alleging, without evidence, that Democrats were responsible for allowing a homicidal immigrant into the U.S. The video was reminiscent of the infamous "Willie Horton" ad used against Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis in 1988 and condemned as racist.More news: Apple Updates MacBook Air with Retina Display
Trump also tweeted a video Wednesday alleging Democrats were responsible for allowing a homicidal immigrant into the USA but provided no evidence supporting that claim. "The president is fear mongering to score political points ahead of a contentious election at the expense of people's lives".
Under current protocol, many asylum seekers are released while their cases make their way through backlogged courts - a process that can take years. "You saw that three days ago, really hurting the military".
The Pentagon has announced it is sending 5,200 troops to the Southwest border, with their role largely limited to such activities as providing helicopter support, installing concrete barriers and maintaining vehicles.
The migrant caravan making its way toward the USA border hasn't stopped but it is seeing some attrition after Mexico refused to provide the group with transportation.
"This is an invasion", Trump declared as he has previously on a subject that has been shown to resonate strongly with his base of Republican supporters. But critics argue Trump has manufactured a crisis for the USA military to address.More news: Unrepentant Ty Montgomery hits back at anonymous teammates who blasted him
Responding to a question from reporters after he announced changes in the current catch-and-release policy, Trump hoped that the USA military does not has to open fire at these illegal immigrants.