Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

U.S. sending up to 5,200 troops to border with Mexico

U.S. sending up to 5,200 troops to border with Mexico

The Pentagon is deploying 5,200 troops along the USA border with Mexico to help agents deal with a caravan of Honduran migrants heading to the United States.

"If they apply for asylum, we're going to hold them until such time as their trial takes place".

Under current protocol, migrants who clear an initial screening are often released until their cases are decided in immigration court, which can take several years.

McAleenan said the aim of the operation was to deter migrants from crossing illegally, but he conceded his officers were overwhelmed by a surge of asylum seekers at border crossings. But critics say Trump is politicizing the military, deploying them as a stunt to drive Republican voters to the polls without any real national security threat. Officials say the troops will provide "mission enhancing capabilities" and will be armed.

The announcement on Monday is likely to help draw attention ahead of the midterm elections back to migration, as Mr Trump faces hard questions over gun control and inciting violence in the wake of the Pittsburgh mass shooting and politically-motivated mail-bombs.

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Air Force Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, head of U.S. Northern Command, said Tuesday that at least 5,239 troops were being sent to the Southwest border as the Pentagon works to meet requests from the Department of Homeland Security.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a United States official said the 5,000 figure was right - but cautioned that planning is still under way and said no final decisions have been made on numbers.

The Wall Street Journal reported the planned deployment was likely to be much higher than officials had disclosed late last week when preliminary figures of 800 to 1,000 were cited.

There are about 2,000 U.S. troops deployed in Syria to combat Islamic State, according to the Pentagon.

"The Mexican government rejects the violence that occurred today on the border with Guatemala, and reiterates that the only way to enter Mexico is in compliance with immigration laws", Mexican interior minister Alfonso Navarrete said during a press conference on Sunday.

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Inside the United States, of course, a network of subversive leftist "resettlement" groups await the invasion force, hoping to provide sanctuary, then push the illegal aliens into jobs, the public schools and then onto welfare. On Monday morning, he tweeted: "Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border". He has made similar claims before without offering evidence. The White House is also weighing additional border security measures.

A US official told ABC News that 2,000 active duty troops have already been placed on "prepared to deploy" orders in anticipation of those requests.

At a meeting brokered by Mexico's National Human Rights Commission, police said they would reopen the highway and only wanted an opportunity for federal authorities to explain the proposal to migrants who had rejected it the previous evening.

The U.S. military has already begun delivering jersey barriers to the southern border in conjunction with the deployment plans.

"This is inhuman. If a child had been left in the middle of that mess they would have killed them", a migrant in the group, which is estimated to number between 1,500 and 2,000, said.

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Should the plan be fully implemented, the additional 5,200 troops will join 2,000 National Guard members already in place, for a total of 7,200 on the border - far exceeding the 2,000 USA troops in Syria and the 4,500 in Iraq.

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