Wednesday 12 December 2018
Home      All news      Contact us     
Businessinsider - 29 days ago

Trump deployed thousands of troops to the border, but the US military is in the dark about what to do when the migrant caravans arrive

Thousands of US troops are building barriers and hardening ports of entry, but the US military says it does not have a clear plan for what to do when the migrant caravans arrive. Army North said on Tuesday that there is no specific plan or guidance for when the migrants arrive. We re doing the obstacle emplacement, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon. We will have to see what the future holds, but right now that is the only mission I have. Around 5,600 active-duty troops have deployed to the US-Mexico border to support border agents as large migrant caravans march through Mexico, the first of which began to reach border towns Tuesday. The troops are building barriers and hardening ports of entry, but the US military says it does not have a clear plan for what to do when migrants finally arrive, raising new questions about the large-scale troop deployments that President Trump has ordered. The Pentagon referred Business Insider to US Northern Command (NORTHCOM) for questions on US military activity at the southern border, and NORTHCOM redirected BI to Army North, which is officially in charge of the mission previously known as Operation Faithful Patriot. Army North said on Tuesday that there is no specific plan or guidance for when the migrants arrive. Media reports said the first wave of about one hundred migrants began to arrive near Tijuana on Tuesday. Thousands more are presently located near Guadalajara and Veracruz, Mexico. When asked whether someone higher up had a plan, Army North spokeswoman First Lt. Marenda Figgs replied, Presumably. We are hoping, but it hasn t trickled down to us. Read More: The military s mission at the US-Mexico border will no longer be called Operation Faithful Patriot Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Tuesday that there has been no change to the mission at the US-Mexico border. We re doing the obstacle emplacement, he explained to reporters at the Pentagon. We will have to see what the future holds, but right now that is the only mission I have. Mattis will visit troops deployed to the border Wednesday. So far, the military has been running concertina (razor) wire at key crossing points and setting up barriers. Troops have also been building tent cities, which will house US military personnel and border patrol officials. Read More: More and more US troops are arriving on the US-Mexico border in anticipation of migrant caravans arriving these photos show what they re doing Unlike the more than 2,000 National Guard troops deployed to border in April, the active-duty troops at or heading to the border are forbidden from engaging in law enforcement activities on American soil by the Posse Comitatus Act. There are currently 5,600 active-duty troops deployed, and Trump has said that as many as 15,000 could eventually be deployed, although the Pentagon puts operational estimates closer to 7,000. Critics of the latest deployments argued that the Trump administration sent US troops to the border as a political stunt ahead of mid-term elections. Mattis responded to these accusations, saying, We don t do stunts in this department. The day after the election, the operation ceased to be called Operation Faithful Patriot. Pentagon officials instead call the mission border support. President Donald Trump has characterized the approaching caravans as an invasion, and CBP has stressed that these caravans are larger than we ve seen in the past. CBP says the military is hardening points of entry, as well as offering an extra set of eyes on potential security gaps.Join the conversation about this story NOW WATCH: Why you shouldn t be afraid to fly, according to a pilot with over 20 years of experience

Related news

Latest News
Hashtags:   

Trump

 | 

deployed

 | 

thousands

 | 

troops

 | 

border

 | 

military

 | 

about

 | 

migrant

 | 

caravans

 | 

arrive

 | 
Most Popular (6 hours)

Most Popular (24 hours)

Most Popular (a week)

Sources