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Pentagon Balked at Border Troops Building Detention Facilities

07 November 2018

The Patriots of the Constitution militia put out a call last month for a "full deployment" to make a "stand to secure our border from a mob of migrating immigrants", the Albuquerque Journal reported.

"They tell us what points are vulnerable", said Col. Rob Manning. But they do that with us, they're going to be arrested for a long time. "Barbed wire used properly can be a handsome sight". "They work for their globalist, open-border $$-sponsors-$$", says the site.

According to official documents obtained by the Washington Post, troops are allowed to use deadly force to protect "all persons, foreign or domestic, who are faced with imminent threat of death or serious bodily harm, and where lesser means have failed or can not be reasonably employed". DOD is also providing some medical support.

Bush ordered Operation Jump Start, which lasted from 2006 to 2008, and deployed 6,000 National Guard troops to California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

That, in part, led Banks to say the use of active-duty troops to defend against the caravan was unlawful on its own.

The military is following an order from President Donald J. Trump to support the Department of Homeland Security, the chairman said. DOD officials studied the request and proposed what is being deployed now. But military officials emphasized that the temporary tents were only to house additional CBP personnel being sent to the border. The president thanked the Army Corps of Engineers for their help, without giving details of their activities or specifying whether any tents have yet been erected on military bases to accommodate migrants apprehended after crossing the border. The Department of Homeland Security disputes that characterization, and the story has been updated with DHS comment.

The US military has declined a draft request from the Trump administration to build migrant detention facilities as a part of the Mexican border mission, according to US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to Reuters.

Manning also clarified that Military Police (MP's) will be the only active duty forces to be armed during the operation.

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

"Our Comptroller is working through that process right now, when we get to a point where we can provide a number we will certainly do that", he added.

Pentagon Balked at Border Troops Building Detention Facilities