Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Pentagon Says Soldiers At Border Won’t Be Denying Entry To Asylum-Seekers

Migrant Caravan Pentagon Refuses Trump Order to Deploy US Troops to Border Migrant Caravan Pentagon Refuses Trump Order to Deploy US Troops to Border
Kenny Thornton | 07 November, 2018, 22:55

"I didn't say shoot". But they do that with us, they're going to be arrested for a long time.

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".

Col. Manning declined to discuss a hypothetical situation with reporters on Monday.

Even so, the Pentagon rejected the request for the reserve "protection" force, while it simultaneously approved all of DHS' other requests for support with Secretary of Defense James Mattis' approval.

There are roughly 2,700 active-duty troops in Texas, 1,200 in Arizona and 1,100 in California, the Department of Defense revealed Monday.

The majority of the forces are now in Texas where 2,600 service members have arrived over the last week, there are 1,100 service members in Arizona and California respectively.

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

Contentious Gillum, DeSantis Race For Governor’s Job Coming To An End
Youth votes, which went heavily for Gillum, soared, but not enough to overcome the elderly vote, which was dominated by DeSantis . On Tuesday both men cast their ballots. "And we know we are going to get a good turnout on Election Day".

Trump has been very vocal about the caravan, calling it an "invasion" and saying it will be met by the military.

However, ABC News has learned that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had made an initial request to the Pentagon "to hold" migrants seized along the border in tent structures, according to a US official. NORTHCOM told Business Insider that some troops are offering planning assistance while others are constructing temporary housing facilities for the military, building barriers to deter vehicles and pedestrians, and going through training. The Department of Homeland Security disputes that characterization, and the story has been updated with DHS comment.

It also follows remarks last week by U.S. President Donald Trump, who said that any rocks thrown by asylum-seeking migrants at the U.S. military would be "considered a firearm".

Those are active-duty capabilities; but they are also the purview of the National Guard.

The units include military police, communications and logistics support, medical personnel, combat engineers, planners, an assault helicopter battalion, and public affairs specialists.

Asked about the cost of the operation, Manning said it had yet to be determined by the Pentagon's financial services.

"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.

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