Secretary of Defense James Mattis is set to order 800 troops to the southern border as a caravan of migrants predominantly from Central America approach.
Administration officials have confirmed the order with multiple media outlets, and troops could start rolling out by Thursday.
Reports indicate that over 2,100 National Guard troops have already been deployed to assist the Department of Homeland Security. The new military deployment would assist by offering “logistical support,” in the form of tents and vehicles.
The caravan has swelled to over 7,000 people and recently stormed the border gates separating Guatemala and Mexico. Officials reveal that the mob of potential illegal immigrants still rests in the southern portion of Mexico, roughly 1,000 miles away from any U.S. entry point.
Defense Secretary Mattis is expected to sign deployment orders that could send 800 or more troops to the border to help border patrol authorities stop a caravan of migrants moving through Mexico to enter the US, according to administration officials https://t.co/Pz8HmXY7qn pic.twitter.com/LiNmBUYsJI
— CNN (@CNN) October 25, 2018
Trump Threatens To Send Military
President Trump has been warning the caravan that military enforcement of the border would be an option to stop the pending onslaught of illegal migrants.
He cautioned that anyone caught illegally entering the United States would be “arrested and detained, prior to being sent back to their country.”
Trump then explained that the military would be invoked to stop this “national (emergency).”
Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2018
Thursday morning, President Trump chastised Democrats and their weak immigration policies in a tweet, adding “I am bringing out the military for this National Emergency. They will be stopped!”
CNN reports that while the troops retain the right to self-defense should the need arise, they “will not engage in lethal operations to stop the migrants.”
Sought Military Security Previously
This past April, President Trump vowed to use the military to guard our border until a wall could be built.
“We are going to be guarding our border with our military,” he announced, revealing ongoing discussions with Defense Secretary Mattis. “That’s a big step.”
President Trump says he wants to use the military to secure the border with Mexico until the U.S. can build a wall there. The president says he is discussing border security options with Defense Secretary James Mattis https://t.co/dA9lmgKWpI pic.twitter.com/J55wsiO5yf
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 4, 2018
Another Caravan and Why They’re a Threat
As President Trump uses the military to try and defend the southern border and stopping the current caravan from crossing the southern border, another smaller group is forming in El Salvador.
Reporters on the ground have indicated members of the first caravan contain people from Bangladesh, a country in the Middle East, while officials worry the El Salvador group might have MS-13 gang members infiltrating their ranks.
The defiant mob has vowed to let nothing stop their march to the border, military or otherwise.
“We are going to the United States,” one shouted as they broke through the Mexico gates. “Nobody is going to stop us!”
Secretary Mattis might have a different take on that.
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