Pentagon to send about 800 troops to US-Mexico border


The details are expected to be finalized by early next week, the three sources said, with plans for the proposals to be unveiled by Trump in a speech on immigration.

Trump has been stoking fears about a caravan of migrants in Central America who are trying to make their way to the USA border.

The New York Times reported on Thursday night that the administration was considering an order that would bar migrants, including those requesting asylum, who try to enter the country from Mexico, a significant escalation of presidential power on immigration policy.

He said those trying to enter the U.S.

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The executive action would reportedly involve Homeland Security and the Justice Department issuing a rule, effective immediately, that limits foreign nationals' rights to seek asylum in the US if they are a part of a population banned by Trump, sources familiar with the administration's plans told the Chronicle.

Trump, who has maintained a hard line on immigration since taking office previous year, is considering a plan to ban entry of migrants at the southern border and deny them asylum, according to media reports.

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

Some respondents said they could understand why people in other countries would want to come to the United States, and one man expressed doubt that any significant number of them are "bad hombres", a term once used by President Trump.

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to sign an order as early as today sending 800 or more troops to the southern border to support the Border Patrol, according to a US official. If the troops carry arms, it will be exclusively for self-defense.

US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in an interview with Fox News Channel that her department had asked the Pentagon for help to bolster its capabilities as it polices the border, including asking for "some air support. some logistics, planning, vehicle barriers, engineering".

He tweeted Thursday that "Democrat inspired laws make it tough for us to stop people at the border" and said he was using the military to respond to what he called a "National Emergency". "They will be stopped!" "And if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!"

In April, when another such caravan of migrants began making its way north through Mexico, he called for USA troops to step in, suggesting that he wanted active-duty armed troops to do what immigration authorities could not.

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The ones from Texas aren't armed and are helping in key support roles such as running motor pools so more Customs and Border Protection agents can work directly along the border, said Texas Army National Guardsmen spokesman Maj. Both people spoke on condition of anonymity, as no final decision has been made.