Defense Secretary James Mattis is not waiting for the approaching migrant caravan to arrive at the border before putting together a plan of action.
Mattis is expected to sign deployment orders and send 800 or more U.S. troops to the border where they will work together with Border Patrol officials to stop the caravan of migrants looking to illegally enter the United States.
It’s unclear if the troops will be part of federally activated National Guard forces or active duty troops.
“The troops will not engage in lethal operations to stop the migrants. Instead they are expected to provide fencing, wall materials and other technical support at several key points along the border where it is believed the migrants may try to cross,” CNN reported.
The report added, “The troops will also provide tents and medical care for border authorities in those areas. The troops retain the right of self-defense, but border patrol officers will still be the ones physically stopping illegal migration, the officials said.”
President Donald Trump hinted at the military effort on Thursday morning, emphasizing again that he considers the situation a “national emergency.”
“Brandon Judd of the National Border Patrol Council is right when he says on @foxandfriends that the Democrat inspired laws make it tough for us to stop people at the Border,” Trump tweeted. “MUST BE CHANDED, but I am bringing out the military for this National Emergency. They will be stopped!”
That wasn't the only promise Trump made. He also threatened to cut off foreign aid to countries that prevent citizens from coming into the U.S. illegally.
"Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S. We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them," he tweeted.
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