Trump Celebrates 'Beautiful Barbed Wire' On U.S.-Mexico Border

Leroy Wright
November 7, 2018

Over the past week, thousands of troops were deployed to the border to begin hardening points of entry and securing crossings ahead of the anticipated arrival of migrant caravans. But they do that with us, they're going to be arrested for a long time.

By voicing its opposition, the Pentagon helped ensure that its mission was tailored to providing support only to government personnel on the border.

"We are providing enabling capabilities", Dunford said, explaining they were tasked with supporting the DHS.

He was talking about protecting our country from those who aim to storm the borders in an illegal attempt to set foot here and somehow instantly enjoy all of the many benefits of legal, tax-paying Americans citizens - simply because these individuals from other countries choose to and think they deserve this.

Trump has said he could request a deployment of as many as 15,000 troops to the border in support of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

The Pentagon acknowledges that military service members have the right of self-defense, but does not make public the standards for the use of force other than to say they are proportional.

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Bush ordered Operation Jump Start, which lasted from 2006 to 2008, and deployed 6,000 National Guard troops to California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

"Barbed wire looks like it's going to be very effective, too, with soldiers standing in front of it", Trump, who considers the approaching caravans an "invasion" said at a rally in Cleveland on Monday.

Manning noted that DHS had requested that active duty troops, rather than reservists - who usually partake in operations on USA soil - for this operation.

Trump said last week he plans to build tents to house migrants, who would be held in those facilities while the US government weighs their asylum request. But the Pentagon rejected that request in late October in part because it felt active-duty troops don't have the legal authority to arrest individuals on U.S. soil. But military officials emphasized that the temporary tents were only to house additional CBP personnel being sent to the border. He denied widespread media reports that the military should engage in the construction of accommodation facilities for migrant families.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, speaking to Fox News last week, said DHS had asked for air, engineering, logistics and planning support, as well as vehicle barriers and "ways in which we can protect my officers and agents, as well as the ports of entry themselves".

The Pentagon has yet to determine the cost of the operation, nor has it identified the account where the funding would come from.

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