Pentagon baulked at USA border troops building detention facilities

Donald Trump in Montana ‘Barbed Wire Used Properly Can Be a Beautiful Sight’			jewel Samad  AFP  Getty		3 Nov 2018

Donald Trump in Montana ‘Barbed Wire Used Properly Can Be a Beautiful Sight’ jewel Samad AFP Getty 3 Nov 2018

But, in total, according to Donald trump, the President of the United States of America at the U.S. -Mexico border will be sent 15 thousand troops to prevent the country caravan of migrants.

The general assured his audience that there was "no plan for the soldiers to come in with immigrants or to reinforce the Department of Homeland Security as they are conducting their mission".

The first defense official said that in its response to DHS, the Defense Department said that if Homeland Security officials still want the reserve force of U.S. troops, they should ask the White House to formally grant the Pentagon the authorities to perform those additional functions.

Trump stirred controversy last Thursday when he told reporters at the White House that if incoming migrants hurl rocks at the troops, they would be met with fire. The border mission is considered non-combative, Manning said.

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"The only soldiers that are going to be armed during this mission are the soldiers that are providing force protection", said Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, echoing a statement by the Department of Defense that only "military police" who will be protecting the troops will be carrying weapons. They do that with us, they're going to be arrested, there are going to be problems. "And three, do they have the capability, the wherewithal to perform the task we've asked them to accomplish?"

The deployment of active-duty soldiers is in addition to roughly 2,100 National Guard troops deployed to the U.S. -Mexico border region since April to support CBP agents under the umbrella of a separate operation...

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.

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Members of the US Border Patrol called the fencing "necessary preparations" as upwards of 4,000-8,000 migrants march north through Mexico".

Manning said only military police would carry weapons and stressed that there were no plans for US troops to come in contact with protesters or migrants.

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

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

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"The costs are being determined by our Comptroller and when we are in a position to provide them, we will do that", said Manning.

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