The U.S. military confirmed yesterday, October 29th, that it will send 5,200 troops to the southwest border in response to a caravan of migrants from Central America, as per an order from President Trump.
Former military officials have said the order constitutes the largest, quick deployment of active-duty U.S. troops since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Under the new plans, about 1,800 troops will go to Texas, 1,700 to Arizona and 1,500 to California. The troops will be drawn from U.S. Army installations and consist mostly of military police and engineers, as well as some U.S. Marines.
According to officials, the troops will aid Customs and Border Protection but will not be expected to enforce U.S. immigration policy, as U.S. law forbids the military from physically detaining individuals at the border.
Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said in a statement yesterday: “We won’t allow a large group to enter the U.S. unlawfully…. The caravan has been offered protections in Mexico but won’t be allowed to enter the U.S. the same way.”
The Pentagon has said the mission is expected to last until mid-December.
Food For Thought
Is President Trump’s troop deployment to the southern border a necessary security protocol, a political ploy, or both?