Trump sends troops to Mexican border as response to migrant caravan

Pentagon sends 800 troops to US-Mexico border as migrant caravan advances

Per the New York Times, the president is actually considering taking steps to block migrants and asylum seekers from comign into the country in the coming days. No one at CBP, including the Border Patrol, endorses this activity. The troops retain the right of self-defense, but border patrol officers will still be the ones physically stopping illegal migration, the officials said.

The additional troops would be expected to assist security operations in the region.

KRGV's Christian von Preysing spoke with several property owners about the agency's efforts.

The migrants, who number in the thousands and include many women and children, are fleeing poverty and violence in Honduras and Guatemala, and are trekking through Mexico in hopes of reaching the USA border.

On Monday, Trump said in a tweet that he'd alerted the military that the situation was a "National Emergy" - but the Pentagon said then that they'd received no new orders to provide troops for border security.

The others in the caravan are vowing to continue their journey to the United States even though American officials, including President Donald Trump, has said none of the estimated 7,000 migrants will be allowed entry. There already are about 2,000 National Guard troops there under a previous Pentagon arrangement.

The order comes as thousands of Central American migrants continue their caravan trek through Mexico toward the hoped-for, but still far-distant US border.

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"We are not letting people into the United States illegally".

"Except that I rarely use a cellphone, & when I do it's government authorized". It was not immediately clear why active duty forces were chosen, since National Guard troops can perform the same functions.

The move comes as Mr. Trump claimed on Twitter Thursday morning he is "bringing out the military for this National Emergency".

Officials said the deployment that Mattis is expected to approve would be legal, however, because the troops would be serving in a support role, rather than performing policing or law enforcement duties themselves. Most are Hondurans, seeking to escape the poverty and violence that plagues the region.

But Nielsen warned: "This caravan can not come to the United States".

He said those trying to enter the U.S. "The president should not be using the military to further a partisan agenda". You're going to see a very secure border.

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