The Pentagon announced Monday at a press conference that it in fact will deploy 5,200 additional troops to the U.S.-Mexico border by the end of the week in an attempt to stop thousands of migrants and refugees in a caravan from entering the country.
Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, the commander with the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, announced the decision at the news conference and said the deployment, called “Operation Faithful Patriot.”
Gen. O’Shaughnessy said that the intention of the troops is to “harden points of entry ” along the border.
The troops will consist of active duty, reserve and National Guard forces. Their main purpose will be to support border patrol agents already deployed to the area. There also are already more than 2,000 troops at the border.
When asked if the troops would be armed, General O’Shaughnessy said that troops that are normally assigned weapons, will carry weapons.
Many of those in the caravan are claiming that they are seeking asylum from criminal gangs that have overtaken their home countries. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said that there is an “ongoing conversation” on how to deal with those who are legally seeking asylum in the United States, leaving the door open to speculation on how these migrants will be treated should they all actually arrive here in one large wave.
We are already facing a border security and humanitarian crisis at our southern border,” McAleenan said. “Our message to the organizers and participants of this caravan is simple, we will not allow a large group to enter the United States in an unsafe and unlawful manner.”
As far as what is going on at the ground level, observers here in places such as Falfurias, Texas are not seeing any major changes. Lines at checkpoints are