President Trump has ordered 5,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border just days after the initial plan for 800 active-duty troops to greet the Central American caravan determined to storm our open border. According to Pentagon spokesman Capt. Bill Speaks, this number is subject to change amid ongoing planning and developments. “We are preparing what we call ‘defense support for civilian authorities,'” Defense Secretary Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis told reporters regarding the surge of troops. For comparison, the Washington Examiner notes the Pentagon reports roughly 5,200 U.S. troops in Iraq and another 2,000 in Syria as part of support operations for local forces fighting the Islamic State. In short, this is a major priority for the Pentagon.
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
The Pentagon is set to deploy 5,000 U.S. troops to the border with Mexico, according to published reports.
That is thousands more than the initial plan last week to send 800 active-duty troops at the behest of the Department of Homeland Security and President Trump, who called an approaching caravan of migrants a national emergency.
Pentagon spokesman Capt. Bill Speaks said no final decision on troop numbers had been reached and that planning was ongoing.
The deployment of the active-duty military for border security, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, is a rare move. The report was later confirmed by USA Today. About 2,100 National Guard personnel were sent in April to assist border police with non-law enforcement activities.