Trump Warns of 'Invasion' is Approaching US-Mexico Border

Geraldine Edwards
November 2, 2018

Last Friday when news of the deployment of active duty troops was first reported, officials had said that as many as 800 to 1,000 forces might be sent to the border. So said General Terrence O'Shaughnessy during a joint Defense Department and Customs and Border Protection press briefing Monday. The military troops are meant to assist the border patrol, not engage directly with migrants, several officials said.

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

"We're going to put tents up all over the place", told Fox News Channel's Laura Ingraham. However, previous administrations, including Trump's, have utilized National Guard troops, not active duty forces for border security.

Kevin McAleenan, the top USA border security official, said the decision to send troops was not motivated by electoral politics but rather was a law enforcement necessity, as US agents prepare for the possibility that crowds of migrants will amass and turn unruly.

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On Monday, Mexican Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete Prida lamented what he called a second "violent attempt" to storm the border, accusing people of placing the elderly, pregnant women and children at the front, putting them at risk of being crushed.

Additionally, officials were monitoring another group of about 3,000 people that had gathered at a border crossing between Guatemala and Mexico.

The concentration of so many people at the USA border, the officials said, would amount to a potentially volatile and unprecedented crowd-control challenge for US border agents and customs officers. He also said Mexico was prepared to offer asylum to members of the caravan.

"Allowing thousands of people to cross America's southern borders in contravention of our laws is not a sustainable solution to the hard conditions driving people out of their homes and countries in Central America", Thornberry said in a statement.

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Trump said the United States would build "tent cities" to house migrants seeking asylum, rather than releasing them while they await court decisions. They are mostly from Honduras, where it started, as well as El Salvador and Guatemala. In the Mexican border town of Ciudad Hidalgo, they said they hoped to continue onward early Tuesday morning. We will, if necessary, to increase the number of military. The deployment has been named "Operation Faithful Patriot". Troops will come from bases across the USA, including Forts Bragg, Campbell, Knox, Carson, and Steward, as well as Joint Base Lewis-McChord, among others.

A Honduran man has died after being injured in clashes between a new caravan of Central American migrants heading to the United States and police near Tecun Uman, on the Guatemalan border with Mexico, authorities said on Sunday.

"The units that are normally assigned weapons, they are in fact deploying with weapons", O'Shaughnessy said.

The troops, which are expected to initially be stationed at ports of entry, will be deployed to provide additional security as the so-called "caravan of migrants" pushes toward the US-Mexico border.

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The new deployment will consist largely of engineering, aviation, medical and planning specialists, O'Shaugnessy said.

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