Pentagon sending 5,200 troops to border week before midterms

Larry Hoffman
November 2, 2018

In an interview Monday, Trump said the US would build "tent cities" for thousands of Central American migrants making their way through Mexico to the United States. You know that. The problem is they release them in and then they have the trial, three years later, and nobody shows up."Under current protocol, migrants who clear an initial screening are often released until their cases are decided in immigration court, which can take several years".

Navarrete Prida said that migrants were throwing Molotov cocktails at police. Their role - helping to protect South-Western borders and border officers.

"We've seen violence coming out of the caravan", O'Shaughnessy said. Those migrants clashed with Mexican authorities determined not to let the caravan grow or be repeated.The new group, whose members called themselves a second caravan, gathered on the global bridge leading from Tecun Uman to Mexico. All of the active-duty troops are scheduled to be deployed by the end of the week, but some are already in the Rio Grande Valley.

Last Friday when news of the deployment of active duty troops was first reported, officials had said that as many as 800 to 1,000 forces might be sent to the border. The military troops are meant to assist the border patrol, not engage directly with migrants, several officials said.

Before Gen O'Shaughnessy spoke at Monday's news conference, US Customs and Border Protection commissioner Kevin McAleenan told reporters the migrants were estimated to be several weeks away from reaching the US border.

US President Donald Trump has taken a hard line toward the first caravan, threatening to deploy Army troops along the border to prevent entry and saying he will significantly cut economic aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador in reprisal for their inability to halt the caravans. One of the migrants died from the confrontation.

Border service, in turn, said that the two "groups" of over six and a half thousand people moving to the us.

Again, without providing evidence, he said there are "many gang members and some very bad people mixed into the caravan".

He said the 5,200 soldiers will be in addition to the almost 2,100 National Guardsmen already along the border.

That caravan is estimated to contain 4,000 people - but the number is slowly shrinking as tired travelers drop out or apply for protected status in Mexico, spurring the caravan's leaders to make the request for help with transportation to Mexico's capital, according to the Associated Press.

Despite carrying weapons, the MP forces would not be authorized to conduct law enforcement operations, an activity that would be barred under the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act. "Authorities said more than 1,700 had already applied for refugee status". The Journal reported that the Pentagon plans to deploy 5,000 troops, mainly military police and engineers. "This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!" Border Patrol agents this year made only a quarter of the arrests they made in 2000 at the height of illegal immigration, when the agency had half of the staffing it does today.

The new deployment will consist largely of engineering, aviation, medical and planning specialists, O'Shaugnessy said.

The California National Guard has pledged up to 400 troops to the president's border mission through March 31.

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