More Than 5000 Troops Deployed To The Border

More Than 5000 Troops Deployed To The Border

More Than 5000 Troops Deployed To The Border

Because the Posse Comitatus Act prohibits the US military from performing law enforcement activities within the United States, the troops will be in support roles only.

Additionally, the Pentagon is sending three helicopter companies with aircraft equipped with high-tech sensors and night-vision capabilities.

The migrants are walking towards the U.S. despite threats from President Donald Trump to employ the military to prevent them from entering. About 2,100 have deployed.

The United States said on Monday it will send over 5,200 troops to help secure the border with Mexico, a far larger-than-expected deployment. A second group of about 3,000 that clashed with Mexican police over the weekend lags behind them. On Monday he said he wants build tent cities to house asylum seekers, and on Tuesday he floated the possibility of ending the constitutional right to US citizenship for babies born in the country to non-citizens. They will include exactly how many forces are needed. He said border agents will act with the highest respect for the law and will treat people as humanely as possible.

Shaughnessy told reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday that additional forces could be required depending on future requests from Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). But active duty troops are rarely deployed within the United States except for domestic emergencies like hurricanes or floods.

Mattis suggested the mission would take time to develop, saying it would be a "phased" operation. Troops will come from bases across the US, including Forts Bragg, Campbell, Knox, Carson, and Steward, as well as Joint Base Lewis-McChord, among others.

While the majority of the caravan rested and reorganized in Tepanatepec, Mexico, a group of a few hundred trekked through the Guatemalan border town of Tecun Uman. Officials confirmed that the troops who would normally carry weapons will bring their weapons with them to the border.

The troops will join the more than 2,000 National Guardsmen that Trump has already deployed to the border. US officials have told Reuters the support mission would be coordinated by the USA military's Northern Command. O'Shaughnessy did not have a timetable for when the active duty forces would be sent to areas directly along the border.

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Trump insists his immigration moves have nothing to do with politics, even as he rails against the caravans at campaign rallies. The US will also send about 5,200 active-duty troops to "harden" the border, the Pentagon announced on Monday.

"The president has made it clear that border security is national security", O'Shaughnessy told The New York Times.

"Please go back", the president tweeted Monday.

"This is an invasion of our Country", the commander in chief said, adding: "and our Military is waiting for you!"

The White House has shown confidence that Trump's hard-line enforcement message will continue to drive his conservative base to the polls and even draw some crossover appeal among more-moderate voters. Trump will do what "he deems necessary" on immigration, Sanders said. The group has diminished from a peak of almost 7,000 migrants, as some footsore travelers and parents with children have dropped out or fallen behind.

"If you're already seeking asylum, you've been given a generous offer", he said of Mexico.

Traveling mostly on foot, the caravan of some 4,000 migrants and a much smaller group of hundreds more are still weeks, if not months, before reaching the USA border.

The first group of migrants left San Pedro Sula, Honduras, earlier this month.

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