5,000 More Troops Being Sent to Southern Border to Stop Attempted “Invasion of Illegals” Through Large Caravans Into Country

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump vowed to stop a migrant caravan from entering the U.S. with “more troops” on Twitter Thursday as the group heads north from Central America.

“More troops being sent to the Southern Border to stop the attempted Invasion of Illegals, through large Caravans, into our Country,” Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday. “We have stopped the previous Caravans, and we will stop these also. With a Wall it would be soooo much easier and less expensive. Being Built!”

The Daily Caller News Foundation reported Wednesday:

The Pentagon is sending several thousand more troops to the southwestern border, fulfilling a request made by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Currently, there are about 2,300 troops stationed at the southwestern border. Pentagon officials revealed Tuesday that they will be deploying an additional 2,000 troops as part of the DHS’ request for the military to extend its mission there. Originally intended to last until Dec. 15, the military’s mission will now be extended to Sept. 30.

The entire operation is estimated to cost $132 million by the end of January, and over $600 million by the close of the fiscal year in September.

More than 2,600 migrants connected to a caravan that left from Honduras in mid-January had arrived in Mexico City as of Wednesday, reported Fox News. Another caravan is expected to depart from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Feb. 16.

The tweet about “more troops” was one of many Trump sent out Thursday morning about the border wall he has tried to secure funding for — even through a historically long government shutdown — as one of his major campaign promises.

“Large sections of WALL have already been built with much more either under construction or ready to go,” he wrote on Twitter earlier Thursday morning. “Renovation of existing WALLS is also a very big part of the plan to finally, after many decades, properly Secure Our Border. The Wall is getting done one way or the other!”

Trump entered contentious negotiations with congressional leaders after reopening the federal government Friday with no concessions on wall funding. They have until the temporary funding bill expires Feb. 15 to come to an agreement.

Trump could declare a national emergency to build a southern border wall if both sides can’t reach a deal. That decision could be complicated by legal action from opponents of a wall. But his administration has been laying the “groundwork” for that route since as early as Jan. 10, according to a Washington Post report.

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