President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that he is ready to send 15,0000 troops on the US-Mexico border to remove the caravans of the Central American migrants that have been making their way northward, amplifying the message of his anti-immigration policy.
“We’ll go up to anywhere between 10 and 15,000 military personnel on top of Border Control, ICE and everybody else at the border,” the President spoke to the reporters before departing for a series of campaign rallies in Florida. “Nobody’s coming in. We’re not allowing people to come in.”
Trump’s promise to deploy “anywhere between 10,000 to 15,000 military personnel took Penatgon by surprise. If it indeed were to happen, it would be a significant increase in figures announces on Monday, when the General in charge of the border deployment said 5,239 active-duty troops would be present there, in addition to the 2,092 members of the National Guard troops sent there earlier this year.