Pentagon To Send Several Thousand Troops To The Border

San Diego, CA / USA – November 27, 2018: Clashes between border patrol and migrant caravan have led to increased tension and police presence along border – Image

The Pentagon is preparing to send several thousand more troops to the Southern border to alleviate Border Patrol agents on the front line, as three more migrant caravans head to the United States, according to Acting Defense Secretary Paul Shanahan.

President Trump first sent national guardsmen to secure the border in October 2018. However, the deployments will mainly provide Customs and Border Protection agents with administrative, logistical, and operational support, according to the Department of Defense,

“We believe that our military’s presence and support have served to increase the effectiveness of CBP’s border security operation by enabling them to focus on their law enforcement duties at our ports of entry.” said Navy Vice Adm. Michael Gilday.

Trump: Democrats Chose Politics Over American Security

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, D-WA, challenged the deployment during a committee hearing Tuesday.

“The President’s characterizations of the Active Duty deployments, including tweets describing the military response to a caravan as repelling an “invasion,” and the makeup of caravans, which have not been factually accurate, are deeply troubling,” said Smith.

However, Trump has said it’s the Democrats who have chosen politics above the truth. He does not expect the Democrats to negotiate a deal before the next Feb. 15 deadline.

“Republicans on the Homeland Security Committee are wasting their time,” he said. “Democrats, despite all of the evidence, proof and Caravans coming, are not going to give money to build the Desperately needed Wall.”

The president presented Democrats with a compromise this past month, with the hope that the border wall would be part of the package. The compromise included amnesty for DACA recipients and TPS immigrants.

National Emergency Likely

Moreover,  if the Democrats don’t cooperate he will declare a National Emergency, Trump told   the Daily Caller Wednesday.  In this case, he said, the government would use military funds to help construct the border wall.

With only weeks left before the deadline, there appears to be little hope for bipartisan agreement. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, told reporters Thursday that there would be no money for a border wall in a bipartisan deal.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-NC, fought back.

“This is a total and open refusal to even negotiate on something fundamental to a secure border,” Meadows said on Twitter.

If the Democrats refuse to include a border wall in their deal, the president says he will declare a National Emergency.



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