Nearly 5,000 US soldiers posted near Mexico border

Nearly 5,000 US soldiers posted near Mexico border

Nearly 5,000 US soldiers posted near Mexico border

However, ABC News has learned that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had made an initial request to the Pentagon "to hold" migrants seized along the border in tent structures, according to a USA official.

Last week, the military announced that over 7,000 troops would go to the border with Mexico as a caravan of Central American migrants slowly heads towards the United States.

In the waning weeks of the midterm elections, President Trump dispatched the military to support border authorities in dealing with the caravan, a group of migrants who are traveling on foot, fleeing violence and oppression in Central America.

"There are soldiers on the border putting up concertina wire and reinforcing the points of entry", the chairman said.

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

Trump's decision to send active-duty USA military troops to the border between the United States and Mexico has been decried as a political stunt, planned more to influence Tuesday's elections than the entry of immigrants still hundreds of miles from the border. They do that with us, they're going to be arrested, there are going to be problems.

Asked about the proposal on Monday, the Pentagon declined comment on internal administration deliberations but added that it did not receive a request from DHS to build facilities to house migrant families.

Around 4,800 USA soldiers were deployed yesterday to the border with Mexico, the Pentagon announced, saying it could not give a price tag for the operation Democrats decry as political maneuvering from President Donald Trump.

"They want to throw rocks at our military, our military is going to fight back ... we will consider that a firearm" he had said on Thursday.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke out Monday against several retired generals who have criticized the recent deployment of active-duty troops to the southwest border, countering that USA military leaders are following a "legal order" from President Donald Trump. There are now 5,200 active-duty personnel helping Customs and Border Protection on the Southwest border today.

Manning also pointed out that soldiers "do not plan to interact with the protesters or migrant" at the border.

Last week, the Trump administration ordered the deployment of thousands of active-duty us troops to support Customs and Border Protection agents in three states - Texas, Arizona and California - in response to the caravans. "They have violently overrun the Mexican border". But, the official noted, that was not expected to be part of Faithful Patriot and the timing of any such future mission was unclear.

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