Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

More Than 5000 Troops Deployed To The Border

More Than 5000 Troops Deployed To The Border

The US Defense Department said on Monday it was sending 5,200 troops, including armed soldiers, to secure the country's border with Mexico as a caravan of migrants makes its way to the frontier.

Republican lawmakers and other Trump supporters have applauded the deployment.

The troops will join the more than 2,000 National Guardsmen that Trump has already deployed to the border.

Susan Ormiston describes the people she's encountered in the caravan in Southern Mexico.

Another, smaller caravan earlier this year dwindled greatly as it passed through Mexico, with only about 200 making it to the California border. Under worldwide law, these are considered refugees.

McAleenan said the aim of the operation was to deter migrants from crossing illegally, but he conceded his officers were overwhelmed by a surge of asylum seekers at border crossings.

But it doesn't sound as if the migrants want to stay in Mexico, a corrupt narcostate.

The migrants rejected in a show of hands vote the offer for asylum, though organizers nor migrants elaborated on why they would keep traveling despite the offer.

But news reports quote unnamed US officials as saying the White House is weighing a range of administrative and legal actions on grounds of national security to restrict the ability of migrants to seek asylum.

The military operation drew quick criticism. We will, if necessary, to increase the number of military. The new troops will include military police, combat engineers and helicopter companies equipped with advanced technology to help detect people at night. Unless Congress specifically authorizes it, military personnel can't have direct contact with civilians, including immigrants, said Scott R. Anderson of The Brookings Institution.

The massive chain of migrants slowly making its way towards the US southern border, which is still some 1,000 miles north, is now demanding that the Mexican government provide transportation for its estimated 4,000 participants - demands issued amid reports of outbreaks of violence as more groups have forced their way through Mexico's southern border. "It's going to be the election of common sense", Trump said at a rally in IL on Saturday night.

Inside the United States, of course, a network of subversive leftist "resettlement" groups await the invasion force, hoping to provide sanctuary, then push the illegal aliens into jobs, the public schools and then onto welfare.

Mr Trump has described migrant groups moving through Latin America and aiming to get into the United States as an "invasion", and the military deployment is far larger than was expected a week ago.

It's possible there are criminals mixed in, but Trump has not substantiated his claim that members of the MS-13 gang, in particular, are among them.

"I see it as a political stunt and a waste of military resources and waste of tax dollars", said Kerlikowske, who was at the helm during a major surge of Central Americans migrants in 2014.

General Terrence O'Shaughnessy, the head of US Northern Command, said 800 US troops were already en route to the Texas border and 5,200 would be headed to the south-west region by the week's end, far higher than the 800 to 1,000 initially forecast.

On Sunday, Mattis told reporters that some construction materials were already being moved to the border, including barriers.

United States officials have told Reuters the support mission would be coordinated by the U.S. military's Northern Command.

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