U.S. troops seen setting up barbed wire near Mexico border

U.S. troops seen setting up barbed wire near Mexico border

S troops at the US-Mexico border are laying down approximately 1,000 feet of razor wire fending along the Texas side of the Rio Grande river underneath the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge, as three separate caravans of Central Americans make their way north in the hopes of claiming asylum.

According to Pentagon sources on Monday, some 4,600 soldiers have already been mobilised and were stationed in California, Arizona and Texas, and the goal was to mobilise an additional 600 soldiers, reports Efe news.

US workers are photographed during construction of 32km of the border wall by order of US President Donald Trump on the border between Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico and Santa Teresa, New Mexico state, US, on April 17, 2018.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is sending up to 5,200 troops to the border to defend it from the onslaught of migrants trying to cross into the country.

The next day, he said troops should take action if the migrants threw rocks at them.

"There is no plan for USA military forces to be involved in the actual mission of denying people entry to the United States", Dunford said during his remarks at Duke University on Monday.

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That number could reach 7,000 in weeks to come, The Associated Press reported.

Asked about the cost of the operation, Manning said it had yet to be determined by the Pentagon's financial services. But the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments estimates that the cost of placing active duty troops on the border could range from $42 million 110 million.

Meanwhile, Gen Terrence O'Shaughnessy, the head of US Northern Command, which is overseeing the deployment, told reporters last week that there were no plans at the moment for the US military to build lodging for migrants. Troops will also be providing medical support.

Senior military officers have defended the deployment on national security grounds, but the mission - dubbed Operation Faithful Patriot - has been met with scathing criticism from many former military officials.

Indeed, these four caravans now are traveling inside Mexico, totaling some 12,000 Central American migrants, as a separate Fox News report indicated on Sunday and as other outlets have noted. DOD officials studied the request and proposed what is being deployed now.

Reuters was first to report that the Pentagon had balked at the initial request from the Department of Homeland Security.

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