The location of the soldiers of the United States of America on the territorial border with Mexico will cost the country 200 million dollars by the end of this year. During the walk from the Guatemalan-Mexican border to the Mexican region of Tapachula, police set up road blocks twice with hundreds of riot-control equipped officers, but they were lifted before the migrants got there.
In this case, DHS and the Pentagon negotiated what kind of support the military will provide at the border and came to an agreement.
Asked for comment, Lt. Col. Mike Andrews, a Pentagon spokesperson, told me, "The Department of Defense does not discuss internal deliberations".
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.
"This continues to be a dynamic situation with more units and personnel deploying to the operating area and we expect to reach 5,200 deployed personnel as early as today", said Colonel Bob Manning, a Defense Department spokesman.
"Barbed wire looks like it's going to be very effective, too, with soldiers standing in front of it", Trump told a campaign rally in Cleveland.
There is no plan for USA military forces to be involved in the actual mission of denying people entry to the United States. "Your presence is needed everywhere along the 2,000-mile border from San Diego, California, to Brownsville, Texas", the website says.
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Manning noted that DHS had requested that active duty troops, rather than reservists - who usually partake in operations on U.S. soil - for this operation.
The Pentagon's statement is also aimed at dispelling the notion that the troops will be involved in law enforcement, but will rather be working on projects focused on "hardening" the border.
The military is following an order from President Donald J. Trump to support the Department of Homeland Security, the chairman said.
These figures are in addition to the more than 2,000 National Guard troops that were deployed to the border in April.
After saying about 5,000 active-duty troops would be deployed as part of Operation Faithful Patriot, Trump on Wednesday boosted the number from 10,000 to 15,000.
Trump's push to send the military to the border comes ahead of Tuesday's mid-term congressional elections and has triggered sharp reactions, with critics calling it a political stunt that misuses us military resources. Mr. Trump has blasted illegal immigration in the past, and called for the importance of border security.