The military is expected to deploy 5,000 troops to the southern border in anticipation of the migrant caravan in a mission dubbed ‘Operation Faithful Patriot.’
This is a large increase from the initial 800 troops reported last week.
According to the Wall Street Journal, 1,800 troops will go to Texas, 1,700 to Arizona and 1,500 to California.
The U.S. military plans to deploy 5,000 troops to the southwest U.S. border in anticipation of a caravan of would-be asylum seekers and migrants currently moving northward in Mexico, U.S. officials said Monday.
The new figure is a major increase from initial estimates of 800 troops and would represent a military force equal to about one-third the number of customs officials currently working at the border. The military sent about 2,000 National Guard troops to the area earlier this year.
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.
The President put the caravan on notice again Monday morning, telling them to “go back” because they will not be admitted.
TRUMP: 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!
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
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.
On Sunday another caravan formed in El Salvador. The only thing that will stop the caravans from marching to the U.S. is if they know they will be met with the US military.