US President Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump

Up to 15,000 troops could be deployed at Mexican border: Trump

ANI | Updated: Nov 01, 2018 07:02 IST

Washington D. C. [USA], Nov 01 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday stated that as many as 15,000 troops could be deployed to the southern border to deal with the caravan of migrants from Central America, many of who seek asylum.
"As far as the caravan is concerned our military is out, we have about 5,000-8 (thousand), we'll go up to anywhere between 10 (thousand) and 15,000 military personnel on top of border patrol, ICE and everybody else on the border," CNN quoted Trump as saying.
This follows the Pentagon's move to deploy over 5,200 additional active duty troops to the southern border and has identified a further 2,000 that could be sent. While there are 2,100 National Guardsmen deployed at the border, another 2,000 could be sent if the need arises.
"The number of troops deployed will change each day as military forces flow into the operating area, but the initial estimate is that the DOD will have more than 7,000 troops supporting DHS across California, Arizona and Texas," a statement from Pentagon read.
The migrants are around 1200 kilometres away from the US border and will take weeks to reach.
Trump is also "very seriously" considering severing aid to countries where the migrants are coming from.
"Nobody's coming in. We're not allowing people to come in. If you look at what happened in Mexico two days ago with the roughness of these people in the second caravan that's been forming, and also frankly in the first caravan, and now they have one forming in El Salvador. We are thinking very seriously, immediately stopping aid to those countries because frankly, they're doing nothing for the American people," Trump stated.
"Immigration is a very, very big and very dangerous, a really dangerous topic and we're not gonna allow people to come into our country that don't have the well being of our country in mind," Trump added. (ANI)