In what is being described as a major surge, the Trump Administration is planning to add on to 800 troops sent to the border last week with another 5,200 troops, who are all expected to reach the Mexican border within the week.
As before, these troops are expected to join a force of 2,000 National Guard members already providing nebulous “support” for border enforcement, with the expectation of a substantial migrant caravan arriving at some point in the near future.
President Trump has termed the caravan of Central Americans a “national emergency.” Today, he further described them as an “invasion of our Country” and “very bad people.” The new deployment will include even more helicopters and planes to get forces to remote areas.
Exactly what they will be doing isn’t entirely clear. Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen says that there has been no decision “yet” to have the troops just shoot any immigrants who try to cross the border. She has, however, said the US has every right to do so.
The Pentagon is being particularly vague about what they’re doing, insisting it will be legal under the Posse Comitatus Act, but mostly referring questions to previous Twitter statements by the president.