Published: Thu, November 01, 2018

U.S. may send 15000 troops to border

U.S. may send 15000 troops to border

Our military is out, we have about 5,000, [8,000], we'll go up to anywhere between [10,000] and 15,000 military personnel on top of Border Patrol, ICE, and everybody else at the border.

A caravan of Central American migrants estimated to number at least 3,500 people left Honduras in mid-October and is now in southern Mexico on its way to the USA border.

Organizers say the buses, if they do materialize, would take the estimated 4,000 migrants to Mexico City for meetings with legislators, not to the still-distant US border, though some would probably continue to the border after reaching the capital.

Now there are 2,100 National Guard helping at the border.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has denied that the deployment of more than 5,200 active duty troops to the southern U.S. border is a political stunt to help Republicans in the midterm elections.

Trump repeated on Wednesday that the caravan, which he says contains Middle Easterners and terrorists and will be a central issue for the 2018 midterms, was "very risky". A caravan last the spring ultimately fizzled to just about 200 people who reached the USA border at San Diego.

The head of an immigration reform think tank is not optimistic the Trump administration will prevent the approaching migrant caravan from successfully entering the United States.

Asked if his decision to send troops was an attempt at fear-mongering in the days before next week's midterm elections, Trump blamed the lack of immigration reform on Democrats. "They have helped stop a lot of the transportation means of these individuals in these caravans, forcing them walking". The caravan originated in that country as many are trying to flee its pervasive poverty and violence.

"As far as the caravan is concerned our military is out", President Trump said early Wednesday at the White House.


In simple terms, the scale and nature of Trump's deployment along the southern border is unprecedented, but history offers a few hints at what might come next.

However, the nature and timing of Trump's proposal - first aired Tuesday - has been controversial, particularly given his insistence that he can personally overrule something so far protected by the constitution.

Mexico's U.S. Ambassador - Geronimo Gutierrez - is blasting Democrats for saying everyone in the migrant caravan are all peaceful refugees seeking asylum.

Mattis told reporters Wednesday at the Pentagon that the deployment of more than 5,200 troops is based on a request from the Department of Homeland Security.

On Tuesday, Air Force Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, commander of U.S. Northern Command, which is supervising the new troop operation, disputed a news report that the active-duty total could reach 14,000.

A second, which clashed with police whiling crossing Guatemala into Mexico this week, is made up of an estimated 1,000 people.

In excerpts of an interview with Axios made public yesterday, the president said he plans to sign an executive order ending birthright citizenship for babies of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on USA soil.

President Donald Trump says the number of military troops deployed to the U.S.

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