In response to another thousands-strong migrant caravan charging toward the United States southern border, President Donald Trump just delivered a brand new order to the military.
As noted by the Military Times, Trump has ordered that thousands of American troops be sent to the U.S.-Mexico border to enhance security there.
The Pentagon has not confirmed the exact number of troops that will be on the border, but the agency did indicate that they will be tasked with adding more barbed wire, securing barriers, and supporting surveillance.
Here’s what Department of Defense Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Tuesday at his press briefing:
Shanahan said that DoD had informed DHS that the additional capabilities DHS was requesting would take “several thousand” additional forces to complete. But he did not confirm that that level of additional forces would be provided.
Earlier this week, the Trump administration announced new protocols for handling migrants, and Democrats are going to be pissed.
According to a press release, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen unveiled new protocols for dealing with the migrant crisis on the southern border.
President Trump reached a critical deal with the new president of Mexico to hold asylum seekers in Mexico so that they can find jobs and receive assistance.
Nielsen argues that this is a major step in the right direction because it will keep thousands of asylum seeks in Mexico rather than rushing America’s border and then staying in U.S. custody until they are processed.
Here’s the new migrant protection protocols:
The Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) are a U.S. Government action whereby certain foreign individuals entering or seeking admission to the U.S. from Mexico – illegally or without proper documentation – may be returned to Mexico and wait outside of the U.S. for the duration of their immigration proceedings, where Mexico will provide them with all appropriate humanitarian protections for the duration of their stay.
DHS explained that they are instituting new MPP plan because the “U.S. is facing a security and humanitarian crisis on the southern border. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is using all appropriate resources and authorities to address the crisis and execute our missions to secure the borders, enforce immigration and customs laws, facilitate legal trade and travel, counter traffickers, smugglers and transnational criminal organizations, and interdict drugs and illegal contraband.”
Rather than allow immigrants to enter the country and remain in the U.S. until their case goes before a judge, they will now sit in Mexico and wait for their asylum paperwork to be processed.