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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

5,200 US Troops Deploying to Southern Border

Roughly 5,200 U.S. troops will be deploying to the southern border in response to the migrant caravan pushing north through Mexico, U.S. officials told Fox News on Monday.

“We'll reinforce along priority points of entry so as to enhance [Border Patrol]’s ability to harden and secure the border,” Air Force Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, head of U.S. Northern Command said at a news conference in Washington, D.C., adding that the deployment would be completed by the "end of this week."

The reinforcements headed to the U.S.-Mexico border are support troops – not combat troops – and will include three engineering battalions with "heavy equipment", as well as aviation and medical personnel. Most of the troops are on active duty and will carry weapons, but will not be part of any law enforcement effort in deference to the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits the federal government from using the armed forces in a domestic police role.

The troop deployment, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, had been expected after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis approved the request last week. But the number of troops is far higher than initial estimates.

There are three planned staging areas: in South Texas, Arizona and California, for what's now been dubbed Operation Faithful Patriot. The mission's U.S. ground commander is Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, who was sent to Puerto Rico last year to lead Hurricane Maria relief efforts.



Anonymous said...

The 14th Amendment needs to be Amended as it was made for Slavery NOT ILLEGALS POPPING OUT KIDS.

Anonymous said...

These people are not asylum seekers they are now an invasion force. They were offered asylum in Mexico and said no! Once they did that they have become an invasion force. You don't have to have tanks, jets, howitzers to be an invading force!
This group is displaying the flag of a foreign country, has refused asylum in Mexico and have said their intent is to cross our border by force of need be. What other criteria do they need to be considered an invading force? They are using women and children in front to reduce the conflict so they can pour in around them.

Anonymous said...

This isn't going to end well for anyone.

Anonymous said...

Everybody with half a grain of sense knows what needs to be done,the question is do we have the nads to do it?

Anonymous said...

146 well a huge swath of those confederate monuments you guys love were only made to reinforce Jim Crow era policies. I don't see you running to tear those down. LOL

Anonymous said...

And that is where the moral dilemma is. Children have no idea what is happening. The mothers do.

Anonymous said...

I’m sure we have 7,000 people that celebrate living on welfare and government handouts that we can deport to make room for people who have traveled 1000s of miles to find work and a better life. Say what you want about immigrants but the ones I know and see have a much better worth ethic than the average American

Anonymous said...

8:38 you may be right about the work ethic but they sure catch a lot of them cheating on taxes and every type of government program they rob.

Anonymous said...

I bet Larry Hogan will be deploying the Maryland National Guard to the Border.

Oh, wait. That would appease the Democrats. My bad.