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Armed Militia Groups Head To The Border, Sparking Military Concerns

08 November 2018
Armed Militia Groups Head To The Border, Sparking Military Concerns

Members of the US Border Patrol called the fencing "necessary preparations" as upwards of 4,000-8,000 migrants march north through Mexico".

The supposed request was made at the time when a migrant caravan of mostly Central American asylum-seekers are heading to the USA in the hope to cross into the country.

President Trump on Saturday referred to the barbed wire as "beautiful" and said that "barbed wire used properly can be a attractive sight".

In April, Trump also directed the National Guard to support the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection as they worked to secure the southwest border. They do that with us, they're going to be arrested, there are going to be problems. Captain Bill Speaks, another Pentagon spokesman added, "we have not received a request from DHS to build facilities to house migrant families".

Active duty USA troops are barred from domestic law enforcement unless there is an emergency, but President Donald Trump has repeatedly raised the prospect of having troops enforce the border as he campaigns hard on the dangers of immigration in the final days before the midterm elections. "They're going to wait and if they don't get asylum, they get out", Trump told Fox News.

Customs and Border Protection declined to comment.

Although the deployment of troops still continues, sources of the US Northern Command (NORTHCOM) confirmed to Efe news that the soldiers have already begun to execute their mission.

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.

"There [have] been a number of three- and four-stars who have publicly said and have used the words "wasteful and inappropriate" and so forth, and they have the luxury of doing that; they are no longer in uniform", Gen. Joseph Dunford told an audience at Duke University during a speaking engagement Monday.

The Hill reported on Monday that President Trump could order as many as 15,000 troops to the U.S. -Mexico border, which a study from The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments estimates could costs as much as $110 million. But, the official noted, that was not expected to be part of Faithful Patriot and the timing of any such future mission was unclear. While beginning in Honduras, it reached a peak of 7,000 people as many from other Central American nations joined in the 1,553-mile (2,500-kilometer) journey to reach the U.S.by foot.

However, Trump's effort has been embraced by Republicans running in the elections, in which illegal immigration is a top issue.