Make America Safe Again? Trump says border troops could hit 15K

President Trump said on Wednesday that he could send up to 15,000 U.S. military troops to the southern border to deal with the horde of mainly military-aged male migrants marching through Mexico to the United States.

“As far as the caravan is concerned, our military is out…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,” Trump said, according to Reuters.

Earlier this week, the military deployed 5,200 troops to the southern border in response to the approach of a caravan in a mission dubbed ‘Operation Faithful Patriot.’

Later on Wednesday, U.S. Northern Command increased their original estimates saying  7,000 active duty forces would be used for the mission to support Customs and Border Protection personnel.

“The number of troops deployed will change each day as military forces flow into the operating area, but the initial estimate is that the DOD will have more than 7,000 troops supporting DHS across California, Arizona, and Texas,” said a statement from U.S. Northern Command.

Earlier Wednesday, reporters asked Defense Secretary James Mattis if the deployment of active duty troops was a political stunt ahead of the midterms. Mattis said those forces are in support of the Department of Homeland Security “who needs additional military assistance.”

“We don’t do stunts in this department,” Mattis said on Wednesday.

Operation Faithful Patriot

Equipment for Operation Faithful Patriot
Equipment getting ready for departure from Fort Campbell, Ky., Oct. 30, 2018, as part of “Operation Faithful Patriot.”
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U.S. Air Force military vehicles preparing for Operation Faithful Patriot
Military deployment for Operation Faithful Patriot.
U.S. Airforce 89th Military Police Brigade getting ready to board a C-130J Super Hercules from Fort Know in support of Operation Faithful Patriot.
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  1. This deployment is nothing but a dog and pony show as the troops apparently will not arrest or detain illegals coming across the border. Good for optics, nothing else!

    • I highly doubt that Trump is going to humiliate himself as well as let down those who have put their trust in him, for a “Dog and Pony show, by allowing the hordes of illegals to just march in. He said that they are not coming in, and he means it!

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