Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday that "we'll go up to anywhere between 10 and 15,000 military personnel on top of Border Patrol, Ice and everybody else at the border". "They are not angels", he said in Fort Myers, referring to migrants from poor Central American countries moving towards the United States in hopes of a better life or to escape violence.
The United State is deploying more than 5,000 active-duty troops at the border, in addition to more than 2,000 National Guard troops already in place, to assist Border Patrol agents in processing members of the caravan.
U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said October 19 that four Mexican police officers were injured in a standoff at the Mexican border, in which an undetermined number of migrants were also injured, according to CNN.
"The number of troops deployed will change each day as military forces flow into the operating area, but the initial estimate is that the DOD will have more than 7,000 troops" both active duty and Guard units supporting Department of Homeland Security officials in border cities in California, Arizona and Texas, Northern Command officials said Wednesday.
Reported by the Wall Street Journal, a total of 5,000 troops will be deployed to the southwest border by the USA military.
But Defense Secretary Jim Mattis pushed back.
"The Caravans are made up of some very tough fighters and people", the president wrote in a tweet.
Donald Trump on Tuesday morning continued to engage in irresponsible and incendiary fearmongering regarding the migrant caravans in Mexico despite Saturday's rampage at the Tree of Life Synagogue and notable bipartisan criticism.
Trump's response to the caravan has escalated in recent days, along with his rhetoric on immigration, as crucial midterm elections near. This follows the present deployment of 5,000 active-duty soldiers to the region to stop the entry of a migrant caravan as it makes its way through Mexico.
But the Mexican government has taken a fairly contradictory stance on helping or hindering the first caravan, reflecting the country's balancing act: Officials don't want to irk Trump, but Mexicans themselves long suffered mistreatment as migrants.
According to Pentagon data, a deployment of 15,000 service members would be rivaled only by US troop deployments to Japan, Germany, and South Korea.
But a second, smaller caravan about 200 miles behind the first group appeared to be more leaderless, get less press attention and be more vulnerable.
Not everyone is pleased the militias plan to deploy to the border ahead of the caravans, though.
Meanwhile, Trump has also vowed that the illegal migrants won't be allowed to cross into the U.S.
The next day, the Air Force general running the operation said more than the initially announced total were going, and he pointedly rejected a news report that it could reach 14,000, saying that was "not consistent with what's actually being planned".
He said: "Oh, they'll be here fast".
McGauley said he already has members at three points of the state's border with Mexico and expects to add 25 to 100 more people in the coming days.
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