Mattis expected to send 800 more troops to southern border

Mattis expected to send 800 more troops to southern border

Mattis expected to send 800 more troops to southern border

The active-duty troops would augment the 2,000 or so National Guardsmen already deployed to support operations on the border, and could come from multiple military bases around the US.

Trump and Vice President Pence have argued that criminals and "Middle Easterners" among the migrants seek asylum.

The DHS request could require deploying between 800 and 1,000 active-duty troops, two USA officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

These officials say the Pentagon has been under growing pressure from the White House to send troops to the southern border, especially after the President repeatedly called for the use of the military.

The Department of Homeland Security requested the troops, NPR's Tom Bowman reports, after President Trump said he is intent on stopping any of the migrants from crossing the border.

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis was expected to sign orders either Thursday or Friday for the new deployment, one official said.

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

Central American migrants walking to the United States start their day departing Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, Oct. 21, 2018.

The sprawling caravan of migrants -once estimated by the United Nations to be more than 7,000 strong - is hoping to make it to the United State.

Numerous migrants are fleeing poverty and insecurity in Honduras, where powerful street gangs rule their turf with brutal violence.

He told them to return to their home countries and if they want, they can apply for citizenship status like millions of others are doing. "They will be stopped!" he said.

The Pentagon is sending troops to help control the U.S. -Mexico border.

"If someone migrates to the United States, it's to work, and working is not a crime", he said.

Trump ordered the deployment of the National Guard earlier this year to respond to an increase in illegal crossings. "They will not be allowed in". But those members remain under the control of the governors of the states where they're positioned, and their activities are limited to supportive roles, such as providing surveillance.

Trump tweeted Monday that he'd alerted the military that the situation was a "National Emergy" - but the Pentagon said then that it had received no new orders to provide troops for border security.

"Wait'll you see what happens over the next couple of weeks".

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