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Pentagon sends 800 troops to US-Mexico border as migrant caravan advances

Migrants Mattis expected to send hundreds of troops to border
Patty Aguilar | 26 October, 2018, 03:13

According to reports, however, Defense Secretary James Mattis is preparing to send 800 troops to the Southern border to prevent them from crossing into the United States.

President Trump has recently increased his criticism of the caravan as it has swelled to about 7,000 people, before shrinking slightly, and warned that he was preparing to call up the military to close the border if Mexico did not stop crossings.

The active-duty troops would augment the 2,000 or so National Guardsmen already deployed to support operations on the border, and could come from multiple military bases around the US.

The planned deployment of active duty troops is in response to a request from the Department of Homeland Security, which manages the Border Patrol, a US official said.

On Monday, Trump said in a tweet that he'd alerted the military that the situation was a "National Emergy" - but the Pentagon said then that they'd received no new orders to provide troops for border security. He says those trying to enter the U.S.

It's not unusual for the National Guard to help with border security.

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Judd said a "high-stakes game of poker" is being played with President Trump when it comes to the migrant caravan moving from Central America to the USA border. "Go back to your Country and if you want, apply for citizenship like millions of others are doing!"

The issue has become a rallying cry for the U.S. president, who has taken a hard line on illegal immigration and has repeatedly kept the story in the headlines in the run up to America's mid-term Congressional elections that could see the Democrats regain some degree of power.

Those troops are mainly serving in a support role to help free up border patrol officers.

The troops sent by Mr Mattis will also provide tents and medical care for border authorities in those areas.

It is not yet clear if all or part of the new deployment will be federally-activated national guard forces - those now there were sent by individual states, in response to the April announcement - or active duty troops. Earlier this week, he delivered an epic trolling of Obama by posting a speech in 2005 where the former President agreed that the border should be secured.

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