Trump Repositions 250 Troops to Border in Response to Migrant Caravan
The Pentagon has authorized the redeployment of 250 active duty troops
President Donald Trump recently promised to build a "human wall" along the U.S border with Mexico in a move to prevent illegal immigration.
Trump's declared the move following a breakdown in negotiations with the Democrats for his border wall.
The Pentagon has authorized the redeployment of 250 active duty troops to the US-Mexico border in response to the expected arrival of a new migrant caravan.
U.S troops have been transported from Arizona to the region of the Eagle Pass point of entry in Texas.
The repositioned forces include military police, engineers, and medical staff, all who will assist border agents at the Eagle Pass.
According to the Washington Times: The police are to help with security around the border crossing, while the engineers will help harden the border crossing to prevent attempted breakthroughs.
Medics are being kept on hand to help care for migrants who do manage to cross.
In recent months the government has reported a surge in those who are making it to the U.S. with serious medical conditions requiring emergency room visits, and the Trump administration has moved to ensure they get speedy care.
The redeployment comes just 24 hours after the President blasted the migrant influx "flooding [US] Southern Border" assuring that build a "human wall" if necessary to stop it.
Trump also promised to obtain funding for security of the southern border, which will include the wall and humanitarian assistance.
Tremendous numbers of people are coming up through Mexico in the hopes of flooding our Southern Border. We have sent additional military. We will build a Human Wall if necessary. If we had a real Wall, this would be a non-event!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2019
In late January, Mexican immigration officials reported that the migrant caravan has increased to 12,000 as they continue to head for Mexico’s southern border.
Last year, another caravan arrived at the Mexican town of Tijuana which included f around 5,600 migrants.
500 of them attempted to storm the US border, not willing to follow regular entrance procedure and wait for their applications to be approved
Following Nancy Pelosi's refusal to negotiate with Donald Trump's proposed border wall the President said there is a “good chance” he will declare a national emergency.
“I think there’s a good chance we’ll have to do that,” Trump referring to the emergency declaration.
Trump was speaking on the subject of human trafficking during an event at the White House.
The President proposed the likelihood of declaring a national emergency to divert funds to build the wall during the five-week government shutdown.