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Officials Estimate 2,000 Of 5,200 Troops Headed To Border To Be Stationed In Texas

October 30, 2018 - 7:52 am

AUSTIN (1080 KRLD/AP) - About 2,000 of the over 5,000 troops headed to the Mexico border will be stationed in Texas, along our southern border, according to reports. 

The Department of Defense announcing at least 5,200 troops are heading to the border to prepare for the arrival of migrants working their way through Mexico.

Officials say 1,800 of the troops are said to be heading to Texas.

Congressman Henry Cuellar’s district runs along the majority of the Texas border with Mexico.

"If they want to bring more National Guard, I'm ok with that," said Cuellar. "As long as it's not active military becuase that's a different type of law that comes into play." 

Reports are now that the caravan has been whittled down to 3,500 migrants.

The Pentagon's "Operation Faithful Patriot" was described by the commander of U.S. Northern Command as an effort to help Customs and Border Protection "harden the southern border" by stiffening defenses at and near legal entry points. Advanced helicopters will allow border protection agents to swoop down on migrants trying to cross illegally, said Air Force Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy.

Troops planned to bring heavy concertina wiring to unspool across open spaces between ports.

"We will not allow a large group to enter the U.S. in an unlawful and unsafe manner," said Kevin McAleenan, commissioner of Customs and Border Protection.

In an interview Monday, President Trump said the U.S. would build "tent cities" for asylum seekers.

"We're going to put tents up all over the place," told Fox News Channel's Laura Ingraham. "They're going to be very nice and they're going to wait and if they don't get asylum, they get out."

Under current protocol, migrants who clear an initial screening are often released until their cases are decided in immigration court, which can take several years.