The announcement comes as a caravan of migrants is making its way from Central America to the Southwest border of the United States. "Size estimate for the second group is around 3,000", he said.
But the Wall Street Journal reported Monday that 5,000 troops would deploy to the southern border. Others soaked themselves in the nearby Novillero river.Tensions from a long trek through searing heat with tenuous supplies of food and other goods spilled over Saturday night when a dispute in a food line devolved into a beating.
Members of the latest caravan say they aren't trying to catch up with the first because they believe it has been too passive and they don't want to be controlled.
Victor Argueta, 54, of Santa Barbara, Honduras, said he and his wife had spent two nights sleeping on the global bridge between Tecun Uman, Guatemala, and Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, before eventually crossing the river on a raft.
The U.S. military is preparing to send as many as 5,000 active duty troops to the southwest border in coming days to meet a request from the Department of Homeland Security to augment resources in anticipation of the arrival of the caravan of migrants now in Mexico, according to multiple U.S. officials.
Trump reiterated that he wanted to set up "tent cities" to hold people coming to the USA, including those seeking asylum.
It will also include an influx of military aviation units who will be tasked with ferrying CBP agents along the border with helicopter and airplanes, he said.
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It said there were two foreigners on board the plane: its pilot, originally from New Delhi, and an Italian citizen. The plane was reported to be carrying 181 passengers, including one child and two babies, and eight crew members.
The Pentagon previously declined to comment on potential troop numbers, saying that planning was still under way for a mission that risked drawing the U.S. military into a politically charged operation just days ahead of the November 6 mid-term congressional elections.
Lackland AFB and Davis Monthan AFB, along with Camp Pendleton in California will serve as staging areas so the active duty troops can receive training on the rules of engagement and CBP procedures when they are eventually deployed along the border.
Under the Posse Comitatus Act, federal troops are mostly prohibited from engaging in domestic law enforcement activities.
Susan Ormiston describes the people she's encountered in the caravan in Southern Mexico. A caravan in the spring ultimately fizzled to just about 200 people who reached the USA border at San Diego. They are still 2,000 miles by road and weeks away from reaching a United States port of entry, where most are expected to seek asylum as the law allows.
On Monday morning, he tweeted: "Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border".
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. Officials confirmed that the troops who would normally carry weapons will bring their weapons with them to the border.
The projected US deployment is already roughly the same size as the USA military contingent in Iraq.