Mattis To Order 800 Troops To Border To 'Meet' Caravan

Sandy Malone

The Trump administration asked the Secretary of Defense to send 800 more U.S. soldiers to the country's southern border.

Washington, DC – The Trump administration has reportedly asked U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis to send 800 more troops to the U.S. border with Mexico as the migrant caravan continues its march northward.

The Department of Homeland Security requested the troops after President Donald Trump said again that he was determined to stop the caravan before any of the migrants entered the United States, NPR reported.

Mattis was expected to publicly address the request on Thursday and approve the request, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Once approved, the Pentagon would determine which troops to send. Sources said it’s likely they will send military police to assist the border patrol, and engineers to assist with facilities construction, the Wall Street Journal reported.

It was not yet known whether Mattis would activate National Guard or send active-duty U.S. military in response to the request. It’s likely to be a combination of the two, according to NPR.

President Trump has already bolstered southern border security with 2,100 National Guard troops over the past year, NPR reported.

He tweeted a message directed to the members of the caravan on Thursday, and told them to turn around and go back home.

Many have likened the caravan of future illegal immigrants to an invading mob, as the members of the group have been photographed waving anti-American propaganda and their own country’s flags.

The Associated Press published pictures of Central American protesters burning an American flag in front of the U.S. embassy in Honduras on Oct. 19.

The picture featured a burning American flag with a swastika painted on it by the protesters who allegedly want to come live in the United States.

Another Associated Press photo showed migrants carrying a giant Honduras flag banner over their heads as the humongous caravan continued north toward the United States border.

The caravan, which is said to be about 7,000 strong at this point, has illegally crossed the Guatemala-Mexico border and is headed to the United States’ southern border, Associated Press reported.

It was said to be located about 1,100 miles south of the border as of Thursday morning, and was expected to reach the United States as early as Tuesday.

President Donald Trump sent out several tweets on Monday morning that reiterated his threat to send the military to stop the invasion and shut the southern border of the United States.

“Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!” the President tweeted.

He pointed the blame for the onslaught of illegal refugees firmly at the feet of Democrats.

“Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws! Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally,” President Trump tweeted.

And he reiterated his vow to cut off aid to the countries who were doing nothing to intervene and help stop their citizens from rushing the U.S. border.

“Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S. We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them,” the President promised in another tweet.

The concerns about Middle Easterners slipping through the country’s southern border with the caravan of Central American migrants has been largely dismissed by mainstream media and Democratic lawmakers.

In fact, Associated Press reporters who have been traveling with the caravan said they have not met anyone who wasn’t from Honduras, Guatemala, or El Salvador.

However, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales told a gathering of foreign affairs officials from the United States and Latin America on Oct. 11 that "close to 100 people completely linked to terrorist issues, with ISIS and that not only have we arrested them within our territory, but they have been deported to their countries of origin,” Prensa Libre reported.

On Oct. 19, thousands of members of the caravan rushed the Guatemala-Mexico border and tore down the fence that separated the two nations.

"We are going to the United States!" Edwin Santos shouted as he raced past the officers with his family. "Nobody is going to stop us!"

When the illegal immigrants arrived on Mexico’s side of a border bridge, they were met by riot squads of federal police officers, KABC reported.

Police released pepper spray after about 50 migrants managed to push past them, and the others retreated as a federal officer pleaded with the crowd to “stop the aggression” over a loudspeaker.

But that did little to stop the flow of the caravan from Guatemala into Mexico, as literally thousands of migrants jumped off the bridge, or crossed the Suchiate River on rafts, to enter through the notoriously porous southern border into Mexico.

The Associated Press reported that the caravan had reformed north of the Mexican border where they resumed their organized march toward the U.S. border.

Some have estimated the caravan could grow to as large as 15,000 in size before it arrives at the United States, but media reports on Thursday held the number at 7,000, KNSD reported.

Comments (33)

The timing of this invasion coinciding with our elections is not by chance. POTUS should allow our military to use whatever force is necessary to keep these people out of our country. There are legal ways to enter, if they are truly interested in being a citizen. Those that burn and deface our flag should never be allowed in.

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800 troops will assure that there's 1 soldier for every 10 invading migrants. The odds favors the hordes of Hondurans.


Funny thing. In order to request asylum, one has to be at the country of request's point of entry (in this case, a border station) and declare their request for asylum. That is literally all. This procedure is even spelled out on the USCIS website.

The president should learn how his government works.


Another thing. It's much more cost effective to accept asylum seekers than to hole them up in detention centers.

The ORR spends about half a billion a year in getting immigrants on their feet after leaving dangerous conditions. Many of these asylum seekers go on to find jobs that the average American just won't do, no matter how destitute they are. That furthers economic growth.

Meanwhile, the detention of immigrants over the summer alone (3-4 months) cost taxpayers about 2 billion dollars.

It pays to be welcoming vice condemning.


One way to stop them at the border -- welcome them with 7000 orders of Taco Bell.


It's heartbreaking that people are not able to actually live in their own countries but I honestly don't know what the solution is.

Many of the asylum seekers are just that but there will be plenty who are literally just jumping on the bandwagon and taking advantage.

My prayers are for the innocents in this saga both here and those headed here. The kids and others who are being uprooted and dragged along. And for our government to find a way to be caring while still keeping us secure.


National emergency means calling all troops to engage that threat. I don't know what the answer is for the innocents in all this (babies, children, pregnant women) but they have the same rights to apply for citizenship as anyone. People that want to live in this country will abide by the law, submit the paperwork, prove you won't be a drain on our financial society, that you can contribute to that society, that you have no criminal history. No different than most other countries, no open borders, restrictions on who enters their country. Those that want open borders should sponsor and pay for housing, cars, food, jobs (welfare), medical, etc. if they're so worried about ALL the illegals. Sign up for that to prove you want them to live in your home, your community, your city.


Mexico has a single, streamlined law that ensures that foreign visitors and immigrants are:

in the country legally; have the means to sustain themselves economically; not destined to be burdens on society; of economic and social benefit to society; of good character and have no criminal records; and contributors to the general well-being of the nation.

The law also ensures that:

immigration authorities have a record of each foreign visitor; foreign visitors do not violate their visa status; foreign visitors are banned from interfering in the country’s internal politics; foreign visitors who enter under false pretenses are imprisoned or deported; foreign visitors violating the terms of their entry are imprisoned or deported; those who aid in illegal immigration will be sent to prison.