Published: Fri, October 26, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Mattis expected to send hundreds of troops to southern border

Mattis expected to send hundreds of troops to southern border

The action comes as President Donald Trump has spent recent days calling attention to the caravan of Central Americans slowly making their way by foot into southern Mexico, but still more than 1,000 miles from US soil. Presenting oneself at the US border as an asylum seeker is a form of legal immigration, and by traveling in a large group, the migrants can avoid risky smuggling organizations. No one at CBP, including the Border Patrol, endorses this activity. The troops retain the right of self-defense, but border patrol officers will still be the ones physically stopping illegal migration, the officials said.

These troops will not be assisting border patrol agents with apprehending illegal immigrants.

KRGV's Christian von Preysing spoke with several property owners about the agency's efforts.

"This caravan can not come to the United States", Nielsen said. Most are Hondurans, seeking to escape poverty and violence, and include families with children. Many said the fear of returning to a violent homeland loomed larger than the president's threats.

The migrants, who number in the thousands and include many women and children, are fleeing poverty and violence in Honduras and Guatemala, and are trekking through Mexico in hopes of reaching the US border.

US President Donald Trump has for the first time directly addressed Central American migrants making their way towards the US southern border, telling them that they will not be permitted to enter the country illegally. When asked about Trump's tweets, they have generally responded that he should stop attacking them and said they would keep heading north.

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

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen told Fox News on Thursday night that "everything is on the table" in regard to the migrant caravan. So far, only a little over 2,000 have been used. Because they would not be performing law enforcement duties they would not be in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits the federal government from using the armed forces in a domestic police role.

But Trump told a rally crowd in Wisconsin on Wednesday that moves were underway. "You're going to see a very secure border", he said.

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