Pentagon to send 'several hundred' troops to US-Mexico border


Garcia noted that migrants have been using caravans to get to the United States for years, stressing that it's "because of the desperation being felt in those Central American countries", adding, "It's outrageous that we are responding in a militaristic fashion when these are desperate human beings".

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen told Fox News on Thursday night that "everything is on the table" in regard to the migrant caravan. No one at CBP, including the Border Patrol, endorses this activity.

KRGV's Christian von Preysing spoke with several property owners about the agency's efforts.

The sprawling caravan of migrants -once estimated by the United Nations to be more than 7,000 strong - is hoping to make it to the United State. Most are Hondurans, seeking to escape poverty and violence, and include families with children.

The report about the executive order came Thursday as Trump tweeted his request for the migrants to go home. "We are not letting people into the United States illegally".

It is not yet clear if all or part of the new deployment will be federally-activated national guard forces - those now there were sent by individual states, in response to the April announcement - or active duty troops.

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The possible executive action draws from the same legal authority as President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban that mostly targeted Muslim-majority countries, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Despite the Trump administration's claims that the migrants are trying to enter "illegally", current USA law allows foreign nationals to apply for asylum at a port of entry at the border.

The ones from Texas aren't armed and are helping in key support roles such as running motor pools so more Customs and Border Protection agents can work directly along the border, said Texas Army National Guardsmen spokesman Maj. So far, only a little over 2,000 have been used.

Federal law prohibits the use of active-duty service members for law enforcement inside the USA unless specifically authorized by Congress.

Trump told a rally crowd in Wisconsin on Wednesday that the military was "all set".

"Wait'll you see what happens over the next couple of weeks".