Border Patrol: Purported caravan member assaulted agents

Border Patrol: Purported caravan member assaulted agents
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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said this weekend that a man claiming to be a member of the migrant caravan that recently moved northward through Mexico threw rocks at agents in Arizona.

CBP said in a statement on Saturday that agents chased him for almost a mile after he illegally crossed the border. When they found him near a tree, he climbed into the tree, set it on fire and threw rocks at the agents, according CBP. 

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The person also threw rocks at a CBP helicopter that responded to the incident, the agency said. 

The man, who was from Honduras, was ultimately arrested and taken into custody, CPB said, adding that he told authorities that he was a member of the migrant caravan that made headlines recently.

He had also been arrested several times previously in Florida, according to CBP.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoint Chiefs chairman denies report that US is planning to keep 1K troops in Syria Kansas Department of Transportation calls Trump 'delusional communist' on Twitter Trump has privately voiced skepticism about driverless cars: report MORE has called for the migrants, who are fleeing their homes in Central America, not to be allowed to enter the U.S., saying they present a national security threat.

In recent days, Trump has even threatened to close off the entire southern border.

On Saturday, he said migrants would stay in Mexico until their asylum applications were approved. An incoming Mexican official said, however, that no agreement had been reached covering the migrants.