Published: Fri, October 26, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump administration will reportedly send troops to the US-Mexico border

Trump administration will reportedly send troops to the US-Mexico border

It's not yet clear from reports if the 800 new troops will be from the National Guard or a different branch of the us military.

Immigration and customs agents in the area have already been bolstered by some 2,100 National Guard troops, as the Trump administration has made it a priority to prevent people from illegally entering the U.S.

It was not immediately clear how many, if any, of the extra troops would be armed.

The additional troops would provide logistical and other support to the Border Patrol, said the USA official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a plan that had not been finalized and formally announced. It's not yet exactly clear where they will deploy.

President Donald Trump says he's "bringing out the military" to address what he's calling a national emergency at the southern border. Most are Hondurans, seeking to escape the poverty and violence that plagues the region.

Details of Mr. Trump's plan, including a web of complicated legal issues that will most likely prompt a swift challenge in federal courts, were still being finalized on Thursday, according to the people who described it, all of whom insisted on anonymity to discuss an action that is still under development.

The latest estimates are that some 4,000 people remain in the caravan, down from an estimated 7,000 after many dropped out due to sickness, police harassment, or fear from Trump's repeated warnings not to attempt illegal entry into the United States. "Go back to your Country and if you want, apply for citizenship like millions of others are doing!" tweeted Trump.

The mission of the Border Community Liaison Program is to facilitate the exchange of information between the Rio Grande Valley Sector and the community to advance operational effectiveness and coordinate our shared interests with the community to preserve national security.

Federal law prohibits the use of active-duty service members for law enforcement inside the USA unless specifically authorized by Congress.

But Trump told a rally crowd in Wisconsin on Wednesday that moves were underway. Earlier this week, he delivered an epic trolling of Obama by posting a speech in 2005 where the former President agreed that the border should be secured.

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