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Trump says US may send more troops to border than are in Afghanistan

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President
Donald Trump says the US may send as many as 15,000 troops to the
US-Mexico border as troops, like these soldiers from the 541st
Sapper Company, board flights headed for missions on the
border.

Airman First Class Daniel A.
Hernandez/US Air Force


President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the US may deploy
anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 troops to the US-Mexico border in
response to the approaching migrant caravans.

Should this happen, the US will have more troops serving at the
southern border than there are in Iraq and Syria, possibly even
Afghanistan, where roughly 14,000 US troops are deployed.

These forces would join the thousands of Customs and Border
Protection officials, as well as 2,100 National Guard personnel
advancing Operation Guardian Support on the border. The
Department Of Defense and Department of Homeland Security
announced Monday that roughly 5,200 additional troops would head
south, with officials noting that this was just the beginning.

The commander of US Northern Command revealed Tuesday that there
will be additional forces. These troops, limited to Title X work
by
the Posse Comitatus act
, will carry out missions as part of
Operation Faithful Patriot, which is in support of CBP. The
Trump administration has declared the situation at the
border a national emergency.

While many critics have called the deployments, which are already
underway, political stunts ahead of the mid-term elections,
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told reporters Wednesday that “we
don’t do stunts.”

The force of mostly engineers and military police will be
deployed to Texas, Arizona, and California to harden points of
entry through the building of barriers and other relevant
activities.

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