With the migrant caravan on the march toward the southern U.S. border, key members of the Trump administration, including Sec. of Defense James Mattis, are sending powerful messages to the “army,” letting them know they’re not going to be successful at crossing our border.
Earlier in the week, Mattis approved the use of American troops for deployment to serve as back-up for what could be a massively overwhelmed border patrol force when the army of thousands arrive. Saturday morning, it was reported that Mattis seemed to have double down on that, by leaving open the door for many more troops to join that deployment.
Fox News reports:
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has approved a Homeland Security request for more U.S. troops to be dispatched to the southern border, amid concerns and controversy over an approaching migrant caravan currently in Mexico.
The Pentagon is continuing to work through the details, with planning expected through the weekend, officials familiar with the matter told Fox News.
Officials are looking at sending 800 troops, but one official called that estimate “the floor” – saying it could increase as military planners work through the request from DHS to help the Border Patrol.
The formal approval comes after President Trump announced earlier he’s “bringing out the military” to address what he’s calling a national emergency at the border. Thousands of Central American migrants are now making their way through Mexico in hopes of reaching the United States.
The additional troops are to provide what one official described as logistical support to the Border Patrol. The support troops would include engineers, as well as medical and aviation support units.
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