Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Thursday rejected President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwitter CEO: 'Not true' that removing Trump campaign video was illegal, as president has claimed Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Barr says he didn't give 'tactical' command to clear Lafayette protesters MORE’s warnings about the Central American migrant caravan heading for the U.S., saying there is “no imminent invasion.”

“We’re not going to let a bunch of people just come into the country, but people want to seek asylum and that’s the laws we have,” Kasich told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “The fact is when somebody gets to the border and if their families are at risk of being, you know, violence, rape, murder whatever, they have a right to apply.”


An estimated 5,000 to 7,000 migrants are traveling toward the southern border to flee violence and poverty in their home countries.

Kasich, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate and top GOP Trump critic, called for immigration reform, saying Trump is deliberately “getting people stirred up” on the issue.

“People are susceptible to fear when they’re told that by the president.” Kasich said. “I’ve said over and over again that everybody has to calm down.”

Democrats have also made “incendiary” comments, Kasich argued, but Trump is using the White House to push fear tactics.

“The president of the United States has the most powerful voice, not just in America but in the world,” Kasich said. “What a president says matters.”

Trump has posed the caravan of Central American migrants as an “invasion” that threatens national security.

"This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!" he tweeted on Monday.

Trump offered no evidence while claiming there are "Many Gang Members and some very bad people" traveling in the caravan. 

The Pentagon said this week it is sending 5,200 active-duty personnel to the border to assist Border Patrol in responding to the caravan, which is still hundreds of miles away from the country.

The president said Wednesday that he might deploy as many as 15,000 service members to the border to prevent the caravan from entering the country.

"Nobody is coming in. We're not allowing people to come in," he said.