Pentagon balked at U.S. border troops building detention facilities

Pentagon balked at U.S. border troops building detention facilities

Active duty U.S. troops are barred from domestic law enforcement unless there is an emergency, but President Donald Trump has repeatedly raised the prospect of having troops enforce the border as he campaigns hard on the dangers of immigration in the final days before the midterm elections. They do that with us, they're going to be arrested, there are going to be problems.

Members of the US Border Patrol called the fencing "necessary preparations" as upwards of 4,000-8,000 migrants march north through Mexico".

The official also said there were about 2,600 troops at staging bases, mostly in Texas, with several thousand more expected to flow in this past weekend and move into California and Arizona.

"We have our military now at the border", Trump said as the crowd cheered.

Trump's decision to send active-duty us military troops to the border between the United States and Mexico has been decried as a political stunt, planned more to influence Tuesday's elections than the entry of immigrants still hundreds of miles from the border. But border patrol and local law enforcement say this is a unsafe area exploited by smugglers, so they welcome the help.

Even so, the Pentagon rejected the request for the reserve "protection" force, while it simultaneously approved all of DHS' other requests for support with Secretary of Defense James Mattis' approval.

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Perhaps more important, they would claim subpoena power to investigate Trump's personal and professional shortcomings. Indeed, there were reports that White House officials had told the president to brace himself for a very tough night.

That's why it's so striking that Trump continues to say the military will take actions it likely won't.

Manning stressed that the us defense Department will disseminate information about the number of troops deployed on the southwest border.

That number could reach 7,000 in weeks to come, The Associated Press reported.

Trump then said in a speech at the White House last week that he plans to build "massive cities of tents" to detain migrants, who would be held in those facilities indefinitely while the authorities weighs their asylum request. DOD officials studied the request and proposed what is being deployed now.

The units include military police, communications and logistics support, medical personnel, combat engineers, planners, an assault helicopter battalion, and public affairs specialists.

When questioned on the cost of the operation on Monday morning Pentagon spokesman Col Rob Manning said, "I don't have a cost estimate for you, the Department will absorb the cost". The Department of Homeland Security disputes that characterization, and the story has been updated with DHS comment.

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