Saturday, 17 November, 2018

US troops seen setting up barbed wire near Mexico border

Texas company secures $145 million contract to build part of border wall US troops seen setting up barbed wire near Mexico border
Faye Gross | 08 November, 2018, 03:24

On Saturday during one of his raucous rallies - as voting in the 2018 midterms wraps up Tuesday - President Donald Trump told the people of Montana that barbed wire could be "beautiful". "Barbed wire used properly can be a lovely sight".

The president was referring to active duty soldiers placing concertina wire near a Texas border crossing over the weekend. "There is no plan for U.S. military forces to be involved in the actual mission of denying people entry to the United States", Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford told reporters Monday, "There is no plan for the soldiers to come in contact with immigrants or to reinforce the Department of Homeland Security as they are conducting their mission".

But on Monday Trump made it sound as if the active-duty troops assigned to Operation Faithful Patriot would play a more visible role.

What did Gen. Dunford say?

There is no plan for USA military forces to be involved in the actual mission of denying people entry to the United States.

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

The service members on the border "know exactly what they are doing, they know why they are doing it and they have the proper training and equipment to do it", he said.

The "priority" of this operation, Manning said, was to reinforce the entry points of the country and to locate key weak points at the border.

"When that comes to me as a military leader, I ask a couple of questions". They're going to be very nice. The remark was short-lived as the next day Trump walked it back, saying that those who attack the U.S. military will simply be arrested in accordance with United States law. "But we're going to arrest those people quickly and for a long time".

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"Self-defense is an inherent right of a soldier".

"The [training] vignettes cover a range of scenarios that could occur", Manning told reporters Monday.

Of those 4,800, 2,600 are in Texas and 1,100 each are in Arizona and California.

That number could reach 7,000 in weeks to come, The Associated Press reported.

Construction units have begun building temporary tent housing for military units at some of the large bases serving as staging areas.

Trump has said of the immigrant caravan, among other things, "It's like an invasion".

That's how much cash you will need in order to 15 thousand military can defend U.S. -Mexico border. He denied widespread media reports that the military should engage in the construction of accommodation facilities for migrant families. The Department of Homeland Security disputes that characterization, and the story has been updated with DHS comment.

Manning also pointed out that soldiers "do not plan to interact with the protesters or migrant" at the border.

As of this past Thursday, the first 100 active-duty troops arrived at the U.S. Troops will also be providing medical support.

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