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Mattis, Trump Expected to Send Almost 800 Troops to Border to Counter Migrant Caravan

Mattis, Trump Expected to Send Almost 800 Troops to Border to Counter Migrant Caravan

The Mexican government said that the caravan has started to shrink.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGWVOLtwWMk

President Donald Trump said he plans on “bringing out the military” to stop the thousands of people in the migrant caravan headed to our border.

Another report stated that Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis “is expected to sign deployment orders as soon as Thursday that could send 800 or more troops to the border.”

Trump has repeated threats to send the military to the border to defend it against the mostly Honduran migrants who continue to march to the border. The number of people within the caravan has fluctuated, but USA Today reported that the Mexican government has determined the number has fallen to 4,500 as people have either stopped or asked for asylum in Mexico:

Mexico’s Interior Ministry said immigration officials have received 1,699 asylum claims, while 495 Hondurans have asked to be returned to their country of origin. The Central American migrants come mostly from Honduras but also includes those from Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala. The status of about 500 other migrants is unclear. United Nation officials estimated Monday there were more than 7,200 migrants in the caravan.

Trump spoke to USA Today on Wednesday:

How many troops was he prepared to send to the border?

“As many as necessary,” he replied.

Trump has pummeled Democrats for weeks on immigration, harping on a proposal raised by some in the liberal wing of the party to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Though the idea is unlikely to ever become law, Trump has used it to paint Democrats as soft on crime and border security.

He tweeted this morning:

I’ve written before that the Democrats had complete power from 2008-2010 and could have changed immigration laws then.

Three administration officials told CNN that Mattis and others are still working on ironing out the details on the troops:

The officials tell CNN final details are being worked out including where the troops will come from and their specific tasks.

The troops will not engage in lethal operations to stop the migrants. Instead they are expected to provide fencing, wall materials and other technical support at several key points along the border where it is believed the migrants may try to cross.

The troops will also provide tents and medical care for border authorities in those areas. The troops retain the right of self-defense, but border patrol officers will still be the ones physically stopping illegal migration, the officials said.

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800 more troops? Are they going to be able to feed all those immigrants with 800 troops? /sarc

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to stablesort. | October 25, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Look at this. No surprise really……

    “Mexican Trucking Company, With U.S. License, Identified Moving Central American Caravan…”
    “An interesting video was captured a few days ago showing a Mexican trucking company named EXPRESS SAN JAVIER, assisting in moving Central American invasion force to the U.S. border.”
    “What is additionally interesting is the Mexican company holds a Department of Transportation (DOT) license for operations inside the U.S. DOT License #1202728…”

    Arminius in reply to stablesort. | October 25, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Unless the horde of illegal aliens consists entirely of beavers, they’ll be able to feed their riot control batons to them for a good long while.

Drop all the bridges south of the border that are in their line of march and force them to do water crossings. Concertina wire is also your friend in these situations. I’m sure a couple of SeaBee Bn’s could get some quick fortifications built to funnel all of them to where we want them to go.

Instead they are expected to provide fencing, wall materials and other technical support at several key points along the border where it is believed the migrants may try to cross.

In other words . . . they’ll be building a Wall.

They’ll need more like 8,000 troops. This looks like it’s just for show.

“The troops will not engage in lethal operations to stop the migrants. Instead they are expected to provide fencing, wall materials and other technical support at several key points along the border where it is believed the migrants may try to cross.”

A well-defined mission is one key to success, but does ‘wall materials’ mean this?:

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/see-all-8-prototypes-trump-s-big-beautiful-border-wall-n813346

Never let a crisis go to waste would be a spectacular thumb-in-your-eye against Leftists if Trump used the military to fund & build the border.

I know, I know. It wouldn’t be prudent, blah, blah.

There is no way those out of shape people traveled over 30 miles on their own, as that mournful reporter claimed, at least not without help.

The only way 800 troops will help is if they are willing and allowed to use force against an invading hoard, not a “caravan” as that is not what this is.

If they get in expect things to get really ugly on the borders, we already have LaRaza and Antifa here who will look to disrupt things. Those thugs and others are hanging around the borders to sew discord to assist those in the invading hoard.

I hope I am wrong about the intensions of this mob.

buckeyeminuteman | October 25, 2018 at 1:25 pm

I’m all for using the military to build the wall. Send in the RED HORSE squadrons and Seabee battalions! But, an emergency such as this calls for more than just engineers. We need MP units. We need infantry units.

A Toyota Tacoma and a mini-gun would be sufficient.

I wonder if the troops will be allowed to carry live ammunition? So often our troops have been put in harm’s way without a way to defend themselves.

Close The Fed | October 25, 2018 at 2:07 pm

Trump isn’t getting this done.

Nobody likes the artificial government slowdowns that would bring the confrontation over our sick laws to a head, but that’s what we need.

Trump isn’t getting it done.

    As to my post above. If the political fall out from a Kent State type incident is more important than putting our troops in harms way without the ability to protect themselves then it will tell us a lot about Trump. I understand the politics here but I also understand a clear attack on our sovereignty is a national security issue issue.

      Close The Fed in reply to Anchovy. | October 25, 2018 at 3:25 pm

      A report from CNN includes this from above:
      The troops will not engage in lethal operations to stop the migrants. Instead they are expected to provide fencing, wall materials and other technical support at several key points along the border where it is believed the migrants may try to cross.

      The troops will also provide tents and medical care for border authorities in those areas. The troops retain the right of self-defense, but border patrol officers will still be the ones physically stopping illegal migration, the officials said.

      So, no lethal force except in self-defense.
      We’re screwed; the country has been given up to foreigners. We live at their sufferance now.

    stablesort in reply to Close The Fed. | October 25, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Trump cannot get this done. Our laws say if they can touch
    our soil they have to be processed, given food, aid, shelter and a hearing.

    That won’t change until Congress has to tell the American people that our illegal immigration program is twice as expensive as the F-35 program and that there are almost 7 billion more people outside our borders who will come if our laws are not changed.

ugottabekiddinme | October 25, 2018 at 4:36 pm

The United States Constitution, Article 4, Section 4, reads in part:

“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; . . . .”

The President as Commander in Chief can take whatever measures are appropriate to fulfill this requirement. I would like to see the President get an OK from Mexico to place US troops and border personnel inside Mexico, to keep the invasion from reaching the border (with lethal force as a last resort), but also to protect the vulnerable among them, to weed out criminals, and then to process the immediate return of all these invaders to their countries of origin.

Finally, deduct the entire expense from the foreign aid the US otherwise provides them.

David R. Graham | October 25, 2018 at 10:30 pm

800 troops is roughly battalion strength, pretty thin for that amount of front yardage, even as the crossing points for the invasion vectors are identified. Very many of those troops will be support and staff, not line. And what kind of battalion or companies from what kinds of battalions? A guess: two engineer companies, one cavalry troop, one infantry company, and a combat support company. Maybe also a Ranger platoon, air mobile.

And remember the source for this “news” and its numbers: lying networks. Falsus in unum, falsus in omnibus.

800–tactically ill-prepared–soldiers is not enough to peacefully, non-lethally disperse 5-10k savages on a death march.

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