Trump Sends Hundreds of US Troops to Defend Border from Migrant Caravan
Military drafted in to support Homeland Security and National Guard at Southern Border
President Trump is sending hundreds of US troops to defend the United States Southern Border from the caravan of thousands of migrants as it pushes north through Mexico.
Donald Trump will send a total of 800 troops to secure the U.S.-Mexico border as the migrant caravan approaches, according to reports Thursday.
As the migrants make their way from Central America with the hope of entering the US, numbers have reportedly swelled to 14,000 people.
Reports suggest the caravan is now mainly made up of military-age men with a sentiment toward the US and Trump growing increasingly aggressive.
Trump faced a huge amount of criticism from the liberal media after announcing that “criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in” with the army of refugees currently making its way to the United States.
In response to the backlash against his claim, Trump challenged the media to “take your camera and search” for overseas nationals who have infiltrated the caravan to pose as asylum seekers from Honduras.
One investigator took up the president's challenge to investigate the migrant army and is now reporting back that Guatemalan intelligence has identified people from at least three different overseas nations, who have joined in with the caravan, posing as Central American citizens.
Independent reporter Sara Carter proved Trump right when she confirmed that nationals from India, Bangladesh, and a country in Africa, along with violent Mexican gang members, are part of the mob that has now swelled to over 14,000 people strong.
The Department of Homeland Security is not commenting on the reports, but a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News on Thursday that the information was accurate.
Earlier Thursday, Trump said he was "bringing out the military" to stop people from crossing the southern border into the U.S. after referring to the border situation as a national emergency.
Brandon Judd of the National Border Patrol Council is right when he says on @foxandfriends that the Democrat inspired laws make it tough for us to stop people at the Border. MUST BE CHANDED, but I am bringing out the military for this National Emergency. They will be stopped!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2018
The US Government official told Fox News that roughly 800 soldiers will be sent to the area to offer “logistical support," including providing tents and vehicles.
It’s not immediately clear which units are being tasked with the mission as details are still being finalized.
Defense Secretary James Mattis could sign the deployment orders as soon as today.
There are currently 2,100 National Guard troops on the southern border right now assisting Homeland Security.
President Trump tweeted Thursday morning that "I am bringing out the military for this National Emergency. They will be stopped!"
As reports estimate that the size of the #MigrantCaravan has now swelled in size to 14,000 people, the refugee's sentiment towards the US and President Trump appears to be growing increasingly aggressive.— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) October 23, 2018
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The migrant caravan as of Thursday is still in southern Mexico, more than 1,000 miles away from the nearest entry point into the U.S.
Its size is estimated to be around 14,000, but many of those currently walking are suffering from exhaustion, dehydration and heat stroke.
Some also told Fox News they fear getting attacked if they hop on a cargo train or getting deported if they take a bus.
“They are going to walk as long as they can,” said caravan member Brian Colindres, “or as far as they can.”
A majority of those walking say they are looking for a better life north of the border are fleeing poverty and violence in Honduras, where the caravan originated.
They are exhausted and unaware of what will happen – but they remain optimistic.