Sunday, 24 March, 2019


Pentagon Says Soldiers At Border Won’t Be Denying Entry To Asylum-Seekers

Trump’s election-eve border mission puts the military in partisan crosshairs President Trump answers questions from the media on the South Lawn as he departs the White House in Washington D.C. on Friday Nov. 2 2018
Bennie Garza | 07 November, 2018, 22:53

Around 900 troops have arrived at the US-Mexico border since the Trump administration announced the deployment on October 26.

According to two defense official familiar with the request, the Department of Homeland Security asked that the Pentagon provide a reserve force that could be called upon to provide "crowd and traffic control" and safeguard Customs and Border Protection personnel at the border to counter a group of Central American migrants walking to the USA border to request asylum.

Manning stressed that the us defense Department will disseminate information about the number of troops deployed on the southwest border. "I noticed all that handsome barbed wire going up today", President Donald Trump said at a campaign rally in Montana on Sunday.

Senior military officers have defended the deployment on national security grounds, but the mission - dubbed Operation Faithful Patriot - has been met with scathing criticism from many former military officials. "There is no plan for soldiers to come in contact with immigrants or reinforce the Department of Homeland Security as they are conducting their mission".

Trump's push to send the military to the border comes ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections and has triggered sharp reactions, with critics calling it a political stunt that misuses U.S. military resources. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

The Pentagon's statement is also aimed at dispelling the notion that the troops will be involved in law enforcement, but will rather be working on projects focused on "hardening" the border. "But we're going to arrest those people quickly and for a long time". But border patrol and local law enforcement say this is a risky area exploited by smugglers, so they welcome the help.

The majority of the forces are now in Texas where 2,600 service members have arrived over the last week, there are 1,100 service members in Arizona and California respectively. He anticipated that the number of active duty troops could reach 7,000 soon. He said he hoped to see "thousands" of civilians join troops to defend the border.

Trump has been very vocal about the caravan, calling it an "invasion" and saying it will be met by the military.

Reuters was first to report that the Pentagon had balked at the initial request from the Department of Homeland Security.

Pentagon spokesman Bill Speaks, meanwhile, said that the military "have not received a request from DHS to build facilities to house migrant families".

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