It is being reported that President Trump and the Department of Defense plans to send 5,000 troops to the Mexico-United States border as a caravan of an estimated 7,000 people looms in Mexico.
The additional soldiers far surpass the initial 800 soldiers which were approved last week by the Pentagon and Defense Secretary James Mattis to help immigration enforcement agents set up defensive barriers. The soldiers heading to the border will not handle law enforcement duties themselves, per federal law.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 29, 2018
Here’s more, from the Washington Examiner:
The Pentagon is set to deploy 5,000 U.S. troops to the border with Mexico, according to a report.
That is thousands more than the initial plan last week to send 800 active-duty troops at the behest of the Department of Homeland Security and President Trump, who called an approaching caravan of migrants a national emergency.
The deployment of the active-duty military for border security, reported by the Wall Street Journal, is a rare move. About 2,100 National Guard personnel were sent in April to assist border police with non-law enforcement activities.
President Trump has repeatedly said the migrant caravan would never be allowed illegal entry into the United States. A similar order was put out by the Mexican government ahead of the caravan’s arrival at the Mexico-Guatemala border, but the caravan refused to be blocked passage and instead toppled the border wall. As a result, President Trump said he would be willing to do whatever it took to prevent illegal entry and said he would be sending troops to the border.
Some of the migrants submitted applications for asylum in Mexico and some others are expected to do the same in the U.S. But, President Trump could enact via executive order to suspend asylum requests ahead of the caravan’s arrival.
Here’s more on the additional troops, via the Wall Street Journal:
The U.S. and federal law-enforcement officials said troops are likely to be deployed to ports of entry, at least in initial phases of the U.S. military mission, which the Pentagon has named Operation Faithful Patriot.
U.S. troops later expect to support border officials by doing things like building tents, providing medical support and helping staff command and control centers.
Under the latest plans, about 1,800 troops will go to Texas, 1,700 to Arizona and 1,500 to California. The troops will be drawn from about 10 U.S. Army installations and consist largely of military police and engineers, one of the U.S. officials said. U.S. Marines also will be deployed, the U.S. official said.
According to the report, the number of U.S. soldiers deployed to the southern border will be greater than those deployed in Iraq and Syria.
On social media, President Trump called the caravan “an invasion” and ushered them to “go back.”
“Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border. Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process. This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!”
Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border. Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process. This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2018