Defense Dept. Sending 5200 Troops to Southern Border

Migrant caravan takes a break in southern Mexico

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General O'Shaughnessy said the Pentagon is deploying U.S Army Corps Engineers, three combat engineering battalions with heavy equipment, military planning teams, three medium helicopter companies which can operate at night, military police units (MPs), three C-130 cargo planes and medical and logistical units.

The migrants are walking towards the USA despite threats from President Donald Trump to employ the military to prevent them from entering. There are already more than 2,000 National Guard troops providing assistance at the border.

The additional troops will augment the customs agency's own stepped-up efforts to secure the border, said CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan.

Border service, in turn, said that the two "groups" of over six and a half thousand people moving to the us. "We will not allow a large group to enter the United States in an unsafe and unlawful manner".

"We are also aware of a second large group of migrants at the Ciudad Hidalgo border crossing between Guatemala and Mexico".

A possible announcement by Trump on other border measures had been tentatively slated for Tuesday, administration officials had said, but he is instead traveling to Pittsburgh, where a gunman massacred 11 people at a synagogue Saturday in what is believed to be the deadliest attack on Jews in US history.

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The new demands come amid troubling reports about violence carried out by members of the caravan and the Mexican government's increasingly aggressive response to the groups.

According to The Associated Press, the "migrant caravan" turned down an offer of asylum in Mexico and instead insisted it would continue its relentless trek to smash open the US border.

Mr Trump is not the first president to send troops to the border with Mexico.

Trump said the United States would build "tent cities" to house migrants seeking asylum, rather than releasing them while they await court decisions. They can fast-rope down if the need to. -Mexican border could go as high as 15,000. We will, if necessary, to increase the number of military. But active duty troops are rarely deployed within the United States except for domestic emergencies like hurricanes or floods. The deployment has been named "Operation Faithful Patriot".

Initial deployments for the operation include soldiers from Fort Campbell and Fort Knox in Kentucky, Fort Hood in Texas and Fort Riley in Kansas, according to a Pentagon document obtained by The Washington Post.

Good news is, the "caravan" is still 1,000 miles away from the nearest crossing at McAllen, Texas, AP reported, and the trek "could be twice as long if the group of some 4,000 migrants heads for the Tijuana-San Diego frontier, as another caravan did earlier this year".

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O'Shaughnessy said that the personnel on the border will continue to follow the Posse Comitatus Act, which prevents US troops from taking a direct role in law enforcement missions in most circumstances.

The U.S. military has already begun delivering jersey barriers to the southern border in conjunction with the deployment plans.

When asked if the US military was being used as part of a political stunt, O'Shaughnessy noted that the USA military routinely partners with the Department of Homeland Security on a host of operations.

In addition, thousands of additional reserve forces are on hand to be sent to the border, The Hill reported.

The California National Guard has pledged up to 400 troops to the president's border mission through March 31.

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