President Trump May Send Up to 15,000 Troops to Southern Border as Migrant Caravans March to US
President Trump said on Wednesday to a pool of White House reporters that he may send upwards of 10,000-15,000 troops to the southern border to deal with the horde of mainly military-aged male migrants marching through Mexico to the United States.
“As far as the caravan is concerned, our military is out…we’ll go up to anywhere between 10 and 15,000 military personnel, on top of Border Patrol, ICE and everybody else at the border,” Trump said, according to Reuters
Earlier this week, the military was to deploy 5,000 troops to the southern border in anticipation of the migrant caravan in a mission dubbed ‘Operation Faithful Patriot.’
According to the Wall Street Journal, 1,800 troops will go to Texas, 1,700 to Arizona and 1,500 to California.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis gave the perfect response when asked if sending troops to the border is a ‘political stunt.’
Fox News reporter: Defense Secretary Mattis asked if the deployment of more than 5,200 troops to the southern border was a ‘political stunt’ ahead of the midterm elections: “We don’t do stunts,” Mattis replied.
Last week the DHS confirmed gang members and people with dangerous criminal histories are embedded in the migrant caravan.
The Department of Homeland Security also confirmed Judicial Watch’s reporting that migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Bangladesh were embedded in the horde marching to the U.S.
Even worse, several unaccompanied minors were saved by Guatemalan authorities after it was discovered they were being trafficked by smugglers.