With thousands still streaming north through Mexico with the intentions of violently crashing our southern border, members of the U.S. military sent south by the Pentagon have begun laying barbed wire obstacles to stop the lawbreakers from entering U.S. territory.
President Trump has vowed to put as many obstacles in the path of this invading army as he can, and the first move soldiers made was to begin erecting razor wire fencing when they reached the theater of operations.
The first such fencing was erected along the Rio Grande on the Texas side of the border on November 2, according to the New York Post:
The soldiers worked with US Customs and Border Patrol officers to lay about 1,000 feet of fencing along the river, the Defense Department said. The makeshift barrier was installed underneath the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge, which crosses into Mexico. The overpass is in the small town of Hidalgo, about 250 miles south of San Antonio.
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“I saw that beautiful barbed wire going up,” Trump said at a Saturday campaign rally in Montana. “Beautiful sight.”
A Border Patrol spokesman said in an email to The Post that the fencing was part of “necessary preparations” for the caravans.
Thus far, 900 troops have reached the border, but the administration says they could send as many as 15,000.
The border states have also sent contingents of their state troops to the border, too:
A separate contingent of about 2,100 National Guard troops had already been deployed to work with Border Patrol in anticipation of the caravans, which include about 7,000 people total, according to the Defense Department.
Mexican authorities have had a mixed record with these large groups of thousands of illegal aliens coursing through their territory.
Mexican police initially tried to stop the lawbreakers from entering their territory, but the groups began violent confrontations and police backed off and let the criminals through.
At one point the government was going to offer busses for the migrants to head to Mexico City, but then the offer was rescinded.
The first large group is over 700 miles from the Rio Grande. If they are to walk the whole way it will take about 17 more days for the first few to reach our border.
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