More U.S. Troops have arrived at the Mexico/U.S. border and are already hard at work. The men and women are preparing for the impending caravan of illegals and have begun to lay razorwire and set clear borders at the points of entry.
Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, who as head of U.S. Northern Command is leading the military operation, dubbed “Operation Faithful Patriot,” has argued that the caravan is a potential threat, although he has not fully defined the nature of that threat.
Migrants from Central America, including many families and hundreds of children, are slowly moving north, though they remain hundreds of miles from the border. One group got into a violent confrontation with Mexican police at the border with Guatemala, throwing rocks.
“I think what we have seen is we’ve seen clearly an organization at a higher level than we’ve seen before,” O’Shaughnessy said. “We’ve seen violence coming out of the caravan and we’ve seen as they’ve passed other international borders, we’ve seen them behave in a nature that has not been what we’ve seen in the past.”
Trump said he told the military mobilizing at the border that if migrants try to throw rocks at soldiers, they should act as though the rocks are “rifles.”
Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” the North Carolina Republican said, “I believe that the president is right and doing everything he can to stop the illegal process.”
“The president is right that we have to secure the border, and I think that putting troops down there to make it very clear that we want people who have a legitimate claim to asylum to come through the process and get that asylum granted,” said Tillis, the vice chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
The Trump administration began sending as many as 15,000 troops to the southern border to meet a caravan of Central American asylum seekers heading toward the U.S. through Mexico.