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Migrant Caravan Pentagon Refuses Trump Order to Deploy US Troops to Border

Migrant Caravan Pentagon Refuses Trump Order to Deploy US Troops to Border

Armed bands of civilian militia members are traveling to the southern USA border, where President Donald Trump has ordered thousands of active-duty troops to rebuff the approaching migrant caravan. The deployment of active-duty soldiers is in addition to roughly 2,100 National Guard troops deployed to the U.S. -Mexico border region since April to support CBP agents under the umbrella of a separate operation...

The Pentagon rejected a request from the Trump administration for troops to help counter a group of Central American migrants walking to the U.S. border to request asylum. Manning recalled that last week the Ministry of defense has announced that it will receive 5.2 thousand troops, part of which will be armed on the border with Mexico.

The group calls on volunteers to follow the law and confer with law enforcement before taking any action.

Trump's decision to send active-duty USA military troops to the border between the United States and Mexico has been decried as a political stunt, planned more to influence Tuesday's elections than the entry of immigrants still hundreds of miles from the border.

The primary tasks of the active-duty 5,200-strong contingent, expected to grow to 7,000 in the coming days, will be construction and engineering, Pentagon officials said. "But we're going to arrest those people quickly and for a long time". But the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments estimates that the cost of placing active duty troops on the border could range from $42 million 110 million. As many as 8,000 troops, if not more depending on operational demands, could eventually be deployed to the border in support of Operation Faithful Patriot.

That's not all: DHS also asked the Defense Department if troops could build detention facilities for migrants trying to enter the United States.

CSBA says that on the high end, the deployment would cost $143 per troop per day for operating and maintenance costs and $112 per troop per day on the low end.

Manning said only military police would carry weapons and stressed that there were no plans for US troops to come in contact with protesters or migrants. It was reported that although such a request was sent to the Pentagon by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), it did not even reach the top brass and was rejected early on.

Reuters was first to report that the Pentagon had balked at the initial request from the Department of Homeland Security.

It also follows remarks last week by U.S. President Donald Trump, who said that any rocks thrown by asylum-seeking migrants at the U.S. military would be "considered a firearm".

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