President Donald Trump’s administration is preparing to send 5,000 U.S. troops to the southern border to set up a blockade to stop the thousands strong “migrant caravan” invasion force.
The U.S. troops will supplement border patrol forces gearing up to stop the migrant caravan from breaking across our borders.
According to The Wall Street Journal:
The U.S. military is preparing plans to deploy 5,000 troops to the southwest U.S. border in anticipation of a caravan of would-be asylum seekers and migrants currently moving northward in Mexico, U.S. officials said Monday.
The new figure is a major increase from initial estimates of 800 troops and would represent a military force equal to about one-third the number of customs officials currently working at the border. The military sent about 2,000 National Guard troops to the area earlier this year.
The U.S. and federal law-enforcement officials said troops are likely to be deployed to ports of entry, at least in initial phases of the U.S. military mission, which the Pentagon has named Operation Faithful Patriot.
Under the latest plans, about 1,800 troops will go to Texas, 1,700 to Arizona and 1,500 to California. The troops will be drawn from about 10 U.S. Army installations and consist largely of military police and engineers, one of the U.S. officials said. U.S. Marines also will be deployed, the U.S. official said.
Interestingly, the paper notes that if the plans come to fruition, there will be more American troops deployed for border protection that are now serving in Syria and Iraq.
Still, one Pentagon source called the report “premature” and told the Journal that its report was jumping the gun a bit.
Further, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said there is no current plans for U.S. troops to help enforce immigration law.
But why isn’t there? What are they waiting for? We need to get these plans nailed down NOW. That invasion force is only days from our border and they apparently don’t have any intention of dispersing before getting here.
They want a show down and we need to speed these plans to top them.
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