USA to send over 5,000 troops to Mexico border

Migrant caravan takes a break in southern Mexico

General Terrence O'Shaughnessy, the head of United States northern command, said 800 U.S. troops were already en route to the Texas border and 5,200 would be headed to the south-west region by the end of the week, far higher than the 800 to 1,000 initially forecast.

O'Shaughnessy said the mission of what's being called Operation Faithful Patriot is to harden the border in preparation for the caravan of asylum-seeking migrant families making its way north through Mexico.

Trump, who campaigned against illegal immigration to win the 2016 US presidential vote, has seized on this caravan in the run-up to the congressional elections, firing up support for his Republican Party, which is seeking to maintain control of Congress.

The US President said that those illegal immigrants who enter the United States and request for asylum will not be released as long as their cases will not be considered by the immigration court.

"We're going to put tents up all over the place".

Many basic questions remain unanswered a day after the Pentagon announced an open-ended deployment of over 5,200 active-duty troops to the border, including the cost and scope of the mission as well as the Pentagon's assessment of any threat posed by arriving migrants. The standoff at the riverbank followed a more violent confrontation on the border bridge over the river Sunday night, when the migrants threw rocks and used sticks against Mexican police.

President Donald Trump has been tweeting repeatedly about the caravan, calling significant attention to it ahead of the mid-term elections.

He added: "The President has made it clear that border security is national security".

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The US military, at the urging of the White House, plans to send 5,000 troops to the southern border to support the thousands of National Guard personnel and customs officials already there, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

On Tuesday, he stepped up his dire warnings, calling the band of migrants fleeing poverty and violence in Central America an "invasion". "'Our destiny is to get to the border, ' she said". One of the riders died from a head injury although it is unclear how he sustained it. We will, if necessary, to increase the number of military.

His experience with the caravan had taught him one thing, he said: "The next time, I'm going to need a 'coyote, '" or smuggler.

Again, without providing evidence, he said there are "many gang members and some very bad people mixed into the caravan".

Military personnel are legally prohibited from engaging in immigration enforcement.

"Please go back", he urged them, "you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process".

Victor Argueta, 54, of Santa Barbara, Honduras, said he and his wife had spent two nights sleeping on the worldwide bridge between Tecun Uman, Guatemala, and Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, before eventually crossing the river on a raft. He said border agents will act with the highest respect for the law and will treat people as humanely as possible. U.S. Transportation Command posted a video on its Facebook page Monday of a C-17 transport plane that it said was delivering Army equipment to the Southwest border in support of the operation.

On Sunday, Mattis told reporters that some construction materials were already being moved to the border, including barriers.

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