Updated 2:41 pm PST, Sunday, February 3, 2019 FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, file photo, members of the U.S. military install multiple tiers of concertina wire along the banks of the Rio Grande near the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge at the U.S.-Mexico border, in Laredo, Texas. The Pentagon said Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, it will send 3,750 more troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to put up another 150 miles of concertina wire and provide other support for Customs and Border Protection. less FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, file photo, members of the U.S. military install multiple tiers of concertina wire along the banks of the Rio Grande near the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge at the U.S.-Mexico ... more Photo: Eric Gay, AP Photo: Eric Gay, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE … [Read more...] about Pentagon sending another 3,750 troops to Southwest border
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Ryan Pickrell, provided by Published 11:45 pm PST, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Rubin J. Tan Thousands of US troops are building barriers and hardening ports of entry, but the US military says it does not have a clear plan for what to do when the migrant caravans arrive. Army North said on Tuesday that there is no specific plan or guidance for when the migrants arrive. We're doing the obstacle emplacement," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon."We will have to see what the future holds, but right now that is the only mission I have." Thousands of active-duty US troops have deployed to the US-Mexico border to support border agents as large migrant caravans march through Mexico, the first of which began to reach border towns Tuesday. The troops are building barriers and hardening ports of entry, but the US military says it does not have a clear plan for what to do when the migrants finally arrive, raising new … [Read more...] about Trump sent thousands of US troops to the border, but they’re in the dark about what to do when the migrant caravans arrive
Ryan Pickrell, provided by Published 3:52 pm PST, Tuesday, November 6, 2018 US Air Force photo by Airman First Class Daniel A. Hernandez By the end of the day Monday, there were more than 5,000 active-duty troops deployed to the US-Mexico border, where they are laying razor wire in preparation for the arrival of migrant caravans consisting of potentially thousands of people from across Latin America. There are roughly 2,700 active-duty troops in Texas, 1,200 in Arizona and 1,100 in California, the Department of Defense revealed Monday. These figures are in addition to the more than 2,000 National Guard troops that were deployed to the border in April. "We have enough concertina wire to cover up to 22 miles already deployed, already to the border," Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, head of US Northern Command, explained last week. US Air Force photo by Airman First Class Daniel A. Hernandez "We have additional concertina wire that we can string with over 150 miles … [Read more...] about Trump rushed more than 5,000 troops to the border to lay razor wire. Miles and miles of it.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended President Trump's plan to send troops to the southern border as a caravan of migrants makes its way across Mexico, dismissing criticism that the move is motivated by politics ahead of the midterm elections. "We've made clear to them they need to undertake every effort they can to stop this illegal migration from entering the United States, and the president's made very clear they will not be permitted to enter our country unlawfully," Pompeo said on "Face the Nation" Sunday. He disputed that Mr. Trump's emphasis on hardening his immigration policies in recent weeks was aimed at rallying his base. "I've been involved in scores of conversations about stopping illegal immigration from Mexico and never once has there been a discussion of the political impact in U.S. domestic politics," Pompeo said. "It has always been about securing the safety of the American people and securing our southern border." Transcript: Secretary of State Mike … [Read more...] about Pompeo defends Trump plan to send to troops to southern border
Defense Secretary James Mattis is expected to sign deployment orders as soon as Thursday that could send 800 or more troops to the border with Mexico to help border patrol authorities stop a caravan of migrants from Central America moving through Mexico to enter the US, according to three administration officials.The officials tell CNN final details are being worked out including where the troops will come from and their specific tasks.The troops will not engage in lethal operations to stop the migrants. Instead they are expected to provide fencing, wall materials and other technical support at several key points along the border where it is believed the migrants may try to cross.The troops will also provide tents and medical care for border authorities in those areas. The troops retain the right of self-defense, but border patrol officers will still be the ones physically stopping illegal migration, the officials said.President Trump hinted at the upcoming effort with a Thursday … [Read more...] about Migrant caravan: Mattis expected to sign order to send 800 troops to the border