Migrant Caravan Update: U.S. Military to Send 5,000 Troops to Border
Trump: “Our military is waiting for you.”
Reports have come out today that the military will deploy 5,000 troops to the border. Initial reports last week stated that Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis planned to send only 800.
A Pentagon spokesperson said the situation remains fluid and the number of troops could change.
The Wall Street Journal reported:
The U.S. and federal law-enforcement officials said troops are likely to be deployed to ports of entry, at least in initial phases of the U.S. military mission, which the Pentagon has named Operation Faithful Patriot.
U.S. troops later expect to support border officials by doing things like building tents, providing medical support and helping staff command and control centers.
Under the latest plans, about 1,800 troops will go to Texas, 1,700 to Arizona and 1,500 to California. The troops will be drawn from about 10 U.S. Army installations and consist largely of military police and engineers, one of the U.S. officials said. U.S. Marines also will be deployed, the U.S. official said.
The Pentagon sent 2,000 National Guard troops to the border earlier this year.
Mattis said on Sunday that they “are preparing what we call ‘defense support for civilian authorities'” and “[I]f you look at how we organize for the storms…we surround the storm.”
Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan explained that his “agency wasn’t considering plans to have troops enforce immigration law.” He said that officials have started to work on plans “to secure the ports (of entry) to prevent a large group from coming at one time” and “updating longstanding plans to deal with a mass migration situation, including possible temporary holding and processing facilities.” The Wall Street Journal continued:
Since the spring, foreigners have routinely had to wait days or weeks to cross the border and ask for asylum at border crossings from San Diego to Brownsville, Texas, forcing them to stay in shelters in Mexico.
Mr. McAleenan, who spoke to reporters Friday during a tour of the ports of entry near San Diego, said the agency was making contingency plans for an increase in asylum seekers at ports of entry, including the anticipated arrival of thousands of migrants in the caravan making their way from Central America through Mexico. Plans include an expansion of metering how many asylum seekers are allowed into each port daily.
The agency also is considering what to do about people who have been waiting in Mexico, as directed by U.S. border officials, should the president temporarily bar asylum seekers from the border.
Unfortunately for the people in the caravan, there is no possible way for McAleenan’s agency “to speed up the process by which migrants can legally request asylum.” From USA Today:
“We’re not going to allow a large group to push into the United States unlawfully,” McAleenan said. “We can’t have it. It’s not safe for anybody involved.”
But the last migrant caravan that reached the United States earlier this year showed that most participants took the legal route by applying for asylum. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 122 caravan members were caught illegally crossing the border, but 401 requested asylum, with 93 percent passing their initial screening.
Still, McAleenan said his hands are tied when asked how his officers can process more caravan members who present themselves at ports of entry, as the Department of Homeland Security has urged them to do.
“It’s not turning people away, it’s asking them to wait,” he said.
In other words, officials cannot wave a wand or snap their fingers to magically make it happen. There is a process.
President Donald Trump tweeted this morning:
Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border. Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process. This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2018
USA Today reported that its source within the Department of Homeland Security said that Trump will “deliver a speech on Tuesday to outline further actions to halt the migrant caravan, which could include limiting, or halting, the ability of migrants to request asylum.”
I blogged last week that Trump has pondered using executive action to stop the migrant caravan from entering America along the lines of the travel order he issued early in his administration.
The San Francisco Chronicle wrote “Trump would be acting under a provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act,” which allows him “to ban certain classes of immigrants from entering the country if they are deemed ‘detrimental to the interests of the United States.’”
The article continued:
First, Homeland Security and the Justice Department would issue a rule limiting immigrants’ ability to seek asylum if they are part of a population barred by the president. The rule would take effect immediately, unlike most, and be justified as an extraordinary situation.
That would clear the way for Trump to issue a proclamation directed at a specific population, expected to target the 7,000-plus Central Americans heading toward the U.S.
None of the sources had seen a draft of the proclamation, which would ultimately dictate how sweeping or targeted the rule would be, though they had seen or heard about the draft of the initial rule.
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So are the troops to keep them from entering at all OR to assist in keeping processing them into the US more orderly!?!
I fear it is the latter…
It is not a migration. They are not refugees. They are an actual invasion of the United States that is akin to the Germanic tribes invading the territory of ancient Rome with ambitions of seizing anything they can.
The only effective response will be the consistent application of all coercive measures possible on the originating and transited countries; up to and including deadly force.
Perhaps a half mile of solid flames within Mexico’s border would be a good thing – until the Congress Critters fund the Wall.
If the immigrants utter one word, “Asylum”, they will be given a date to come to a hearing to determine whether or not they deserve asylum. It usually takes a year or longer before their hearing date comes up so in the meantime THEY ARE RELEASED INTO OUR COUNTRY! Of course, they NEVER show up for their hearing! This is our illegal immigration policy! I have no idea what 5,000 or even 50,000 troops can do to stop this wave. How can there be anyone who wants to let in anyone without any sort of vetting for crime, health or intent?
They already TURNED DOWN Asylum in and from Mexico.
They have Zero legal standing for any Asylum from U.S.
“This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!”
We already have 20-30 million illegals in America. Talking has not worked in the past, and it will not work now. Close the border, if necessary use lethal force.
We need to mobilize to force out at least 5 million illegals a year. Start by seizing any assets they may have. If they leave on their own, allow them to keep 80% of their assets. If they force us to catch them, seize everything.
I am sure that Federal District Court Judges in San Francisco and Hawaii will be lining up to enjoin any Executive Action. A mere poof of the pen and they command all they survey.
Not when the invasion ceases to exist and enter.
Whose paying for the transportation of these people?
Most believe it is primarily China funding the caravan with minor help from other socialist countries in Central/South America.
If the president stopped the remittances to China, Mexico, Central and South America we could stop illegal immigration in its tracks. If they have no way to send money home they won’t stay. Make it a requirement to show a state ID to send $$ out of the country, and to get a bank account. Lots of ways to stop these people from profiting from their illegal work.
If the Caravan forces Trump to close the border, the Cartel will be Unhappy.
Being in the Caravan may be dangerous.
Why is it that in situations like these the perpetrators are always using our own laws against us? I have no sympathy for people like that. Use the troops to force their way inside Mexico and physically turn people around. Don’t let them cross a fence, show up at a port of entry or touch our soil. Their right to claim asylum ended when they turned it down in Mexico.
As of this morning, they had traveled 120 miles in three days, over the weekend. They are not getting here soon and theyare likely to be shedding travelers as they go.
There are not a lot of places where, once illegally across the border, they can blend in. Mountains, desert, open farmland.
May have to let them in to be processed, but we do not have to continue the practice of letting them loose while their claims are processed.
After the Base Realignment and Closing (BRAC) Program, the military has lots of vacant facilities. Engineer units create both barriers to keep people out of things and barriers to keep people in. They also establish encampments and provide sanitary and water points.
MP units guard things.
Triple layer concertina wire is a pretty good barrier both ways.
Marine units are capable of multiple missions, including guarding things, like our embassies.
The fact that the troops are being sent to three states does not mean they have to stay there if there is an emergency in one location.