Pentagon: Most troops despatched to frame won’t be armed

Cheryl Sanders
November 7, 2018

Soldiers of the United States Army have strung barbed wire along the Rio Grande river in South Texas as part of Operation Faithful Patriot.

Homeland Security told DOD in writing what capabilities they needed, Dunford said. "But we're going to arrest those people quickly and for a long time", he told reporters.

President Donald Trump's decision to deploy U.S. active duty troops and earlier deployment of National Guard forces to the southern border could cost between $200 million and $300 million, according to an independent analysis and Department of Defense figures on guard deployments.

Trump's push to send the military to the border comes ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections and has triggered sharp reactions, with critics calling it a political stunt that misuses USA military resources.


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

With the mission now set to take place November 5 through December 15, for a total of 41 days, the cost of deploying 8,000 troops and air support ranges from approximately $42 million to $55 million, according to the CSBA estimate.

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. Manning said the deployment would grow to 5,200 by Monday evening and more than 7,000 troops in the near future. Instead, the tents will serve as temporary shelters for border security reinforcements.

However, ABC News has learned that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had made an initial request to the Pentagon "to hold" migrants seized along the border in tent structures, according to a USA official.


The official noted that the request was different than a previously approved DHS request from earlier this year to house migrant families further along in the immigration process, on military bases. The Department of Homeland Security disputes that characterization, and the story has been updated with DHS comment.

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

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

"The costs are being determined by our Comptroller and when we are in a position to provide them, we will do that", said Manning.


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