Trump Prepares 800 Troops To Amass On The Border

A little over a week ago, President Donald Trump threatened to send the US military to the border to stop immigrants from Honduras who began a caravan to enter the united States illegally.  It looks like we now have some numbers that he is preparing to dispatch to the southern border to stop them from crossing.  That number is 800, but they won’t actually be doing anything directly to stop the migrants from illegally crossing.

“Wait until you see what we do with the border (in the) next few weeks,” Trump said Wednesday night at a campaign rally in Wisconsin. “Started the wall, have another $1.6 billion, want to build it, wait ’til you see what happens…You’re gonna see a very secure border. The military is ready; they’re all set.”

CNN was first with the story:

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Defense Secretary James Mattis is expected to sign deployment orders as soon as Thursday that could send 800 or more troops to the border with Mexico to help border patrol authorities stop a caravan of migrants from Central America moving through Mexico to enter the US, according to three administration officials.

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

Several administration officials say it is anticipated that the Pentagon will pay for the bulk of the mission by using active duty troops. It’s not yet clear if the Department of Homeland Security will reimburse the Pentagon.

Officials also emphasize because the troops are there to support civil authorities, it is not expected they will come into any regular contact with migrants. If the troops carry arms, it will be solely for self-defense.

Because CNN is often unreliable, several other sources picked up on what was taking place to confirm the report.  The Associated Press was one outlet.

Additionally, NBC News confirmed the story with additional details:

Earlier Thursday, Trump tweeted that he was “bringing out the military” to stop people from crossing the southern border into the U.S. The president has referred to the border situation as a national emergency.

The move comes 12 days ahead of the midterm election on Nov. 6 and as Trump has been escalating his immigration rhetoric at multiple campaign rallies each week. The president has said that immigration and border security is one of the most important issues of the campaign.

The troops will not be in riot gear, but will be behind the scenes providing logistical support to Customs and Border Protection officers, the official said. There are currently about 2,100 National Guard members working along the border to support border authorities. There will also be medical personnel sent to the border as well to provide support to CBP officers, the official said.

“Brandon Judd of the National Border Patrol Council is right when he says on @foxandfriends that the Democrat inspired laws make it tough for us to stop people at the Border,” Trump tweeted regarding the union representative for about 16,000 border patrol agents.

Trump added, “MUST BE CHANDED, but I am bringing out the military for this National Emergency. They will be stopped!” he added, appearing to misspell “changed.”

Trump then advised “those in the Caravan” to “turnaround” because “we are not letting people into the United States illegally.”

Let’s see if he makes good on his promises here, or will he simply allow Border Patrol to bring them over the line into custody at taxpayer expense much like that of Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah’s orchestrated invasion of tens of thousands of illegals in 2014.

Time will tell.

One that that should be noted here and that is if Congress and the President were doing their constitutional duty and providing for the militia, able-bodied men along the border would be able to handle this without it being a national crisis.

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