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Up to 15,000 US troops could deploy to US-Mexico border, Trump says

Border patrol vehicles parked on a levy near the Rio Grande, where they constantly patrol for people illegally crossing into the U.S. from Mexico, on June 25, 2018. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
October 31, 2018
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President Trump is prepared to send thousands more U.S. troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, and up to 15,000 troops could deploy, he said.

The President spoke briefly to reporters outside the White House on Wednesday where he said “we’ll go up to anywhere between 10 and 15,000 military personnel on top of Border Patrol, ICE and everybody else at the border,” the Associated Press reported.

Such a number of troops is comparable to the number of troops currently deployed to Afghanistan.

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President Trump called the U.S.-bound migrant caravan heading through Mexico “very dangerous.”

There are approximately 5,800 troops currently at the border in preparation to block the migrant caravan’s attempts to enter the U.S.

The caravan is comprised of an estimated 7,000 migrants mostly from Honduras. It is currently about 1,000 miles from the border.

“We’re not allowing people to come in,” President Trump said.

Some have criticized the measure of deploying troops, calling it a “stunt.”

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis pushed back against the notion on Wednesday, telling reporters at the Pentagon, “We don’t do stunts in this department.”

Earlier this month, Trump warned that he would “call up” the U.S. military to close the U.S.-Mexico border if the migrant caravan was not stopped.

“In addition to stopping all payments to these countries, which seem to have almost no control over their population, I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught – and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!” he tweeted at the time.

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