When President Donald Trump threatened to deploy active-duty American troops to defend our southern border from an army of migrants (some reports put the caravan’s numbers at over 10,000), he wasn’t messing around.
After initial reports from the Pentagon that up to 800 troops would be sent to back up border patrol agents, that changed in a big way Monday morning as the caravan nears the southern U.S. border.
This could turn into quite the scenario, especially if it happens right before the mid-term elections…
Wall Street Journal reports:
The U.S. military plans to deploy 5,000 troops to the southwest U.S. border in anticipation of a caravan of would-be asylum seekers and migrants currently moving northward in Mexico, U.S. officials said Monday.
The new figure is a major increase from initial estimates of 800 troops and would represent a military force equal to about one-third the number of customs officials currently working at the border. The military sent about 2,000 National Guard troops to the area earlier this year.
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.
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