US troops seen setting up barbed wire near Mexico border

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The Pentagon last week announced it would deploy roughly 5,200 active-duty troops to support the mission in Texas, Arizona and California, dubbed Operation Faithful Patriot. "Barbed wire used properly can be a handsome sight".

Thousands of active-duty troops are bolstering temporary barriers along the U.S. -Mexico border and training at nearby logistics hubs for issues that could arise as they support Customs and Border Protection agents protecting against immigration from Central America, a department spokesman said Monday. The untrained volunteers plan to dig in along border spots with camouflage clothing, flak jackets, semiautomatic weapons, night-vision goggles and aerial drones with thermal sensing equipment to locate people in darkness, McGauley said. "They work for their globalist, open-border $$-sponsors-$$", says the site.

But Operation Faithful Patriot is meant to be a mission where the active duty troops are only to provide support for CBP since they are forbidden by federal law to carry out law enforcement duties. The Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection agency have the mission of securing the borders.

"We have our military now at the border", Trump said as the crowd cheered.

From a military standpoint, he said, he asked a number of questions.

"Self-defense is an inherent right of a soldier". If that number is reached, there will be more troops at the border than in Iraq and Syria. DHS officials have said that they are anxious that caravans of Central American asylum-seekers pushing up from the south may overwhelm CBP personnel.

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Military helicopters will take part in the mission, codenamed Operation Faithful Patriot - not to track down migrants, however, but to transport CBP staff to the border.

Reuters was first to report that the Pentagon had balked at the initial request from the Department of Homeland Security.

"There is no plan for DoD personnel to interact with migrants or protesters", he said, as reported by Military Times.

By voicing its opposition, the Pentagon helped ensure that its mission was tailored to providing support only to government personnel on the border.

Manning noted that DHS had requested that active duty troops, rather than reservists - who usually partake in operations on USA soil - for this operation.

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