US military will deploy 5,000 troops to the southern border - up from
initial estimates of 800, according to the Wall
street Journal, citing
US officials. The troops will be sent to Texas, Arizona and
California as Central American migrant caravan makes its way north
Defense Secretary Jim
Mattis told reporters Sunday that the military has already started to
deploy countermeasures to the southern border, following weekend
reports that Mexican police had abandoned their own blockades as a
massive Central American migrant caravan continues their march north,
Trump warned the caravan,
tweeting: "Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed
into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border. This
is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!"
Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border. Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process. This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!
Sunday night, Fox News initially reported that just 800 soldiers
would be deployed to the border to provide "logistical support,"
which includes providing vehicles and tents for the Border Patrol.
caravan of roughly 7,200 migrants is around 1,000 miles from the
closest US border crossing, and is becoming yet another flashpoint
over President Trump's immigration policy less than two weeks before
the key November 6 midterm elections. According to Fox,
the group is traveling at around 30 miles per day since leaving
Vice President Mike Pence
warned this weekend that the
caravan was being funded by outside, leftist groups,
citing intelligence he says was provided by foreign partners along
with a telephone call with the President of Honduras.
president of Honduras told me is that the caravan was organized by
leftist organizations, political activists within Honduras, and he
said it was being funded by outside groups, and even from Venezuela,"
Pence told Fox News in an interview late Friday in Yuma, Arizona. "So
the American people, I think, see through this – they understand
this is not a spontaneous caravan of vulnerable people." -Fox
meanwhile, has levied harsh criticism at Honduras, Guatemala and
El Salvador for not stopping the caravan, and even threatened to cut
off aid last week in retaliation. Trump has also claimed that
"criminals and unknown Middle Easterners" are among the
migrants, while Homeland Security said last week that "gang
members" and those with "significant
are also traveling with the caravan
100 Mexican officers allowed the caravan to cross a bridge they
had barricaded following outrage from Mexico's National Human Rights
Commission, which told police that the rural stretch of highway they
were blocking had no shade, toilets or water for the migrants.
boarded buses and headed further down the highway, while migrants
cheered and vowed to trek all the way to the U.S. border.
President Enrique Pena Nieto launched a program on Friday dubbed "You
are home," which promises shelter, medical attention, schooling
and jobs to Central Americans who agree to stay in the southern
Mexico states of Chiapas or Oaxaca.
commissioner Benjamin Grajeda said that authorities only blocked the
highway Saturday to tell people about the government's offer. "Here
in this truck right now you can get help," he said. -Fox
of migrants rejected Mexico's offer for asylum Friday night, however
some said they were willing to discuss the issue once they reach
Mexico City. If those discussions don't result in the caravan
stopping, US forces await at the border.