First 100 of 7,000-14,000 troops have arrived to secure US-Mexico border

Yesterday evening, a Defense Department official told Fox News that:

  • The first 100 active-duty troops of Operation Faithful Patriot had arrived at the U.S.-Mexican border at a port of entry in McAllen, Texas to provide support for Border Patrol agents.
  • There are about 2,600 troops now at staging bases, largely in Texas.
  • Several thousand more troops are expected to flow in through the weekend and move into California and Arizona.

The Pentagon said more than 7,000 active-duty troops are being sent to the southern border, with more possible. President Trump said the number could reach 15,000, which is the equivalent of nearly an entire military division. A divisional unit in the U.S. Army typically consists of 17,000 to 21,000 soldiers.

There are about 1.3 million active-duty service members in the U.S. armed forces.

And as Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, who as head of U.S. Northern Command is leading Operation Faithful Patriot, said in a press conference on October 29, the troops that are deployed to the border will be armed.

Also yesterday, in a speech on immigration, President Trump, as Commander In Chief, gave the military mobilizing at the border permission to use lethal force. He said that if “migrants” try to throw rocks at soldiers, they should act as though the rocks are “rifles”.

Trump also said he will sign an executive order sometime next week which would ban migrants from claiming asylum if they cross the border illegally. “Migrants” claiming political asylum would not be let into the U.S., but would be held in vast tent cities.

Operation Faithful Patriot is set to last only 45 days.

Below is a video of hundreds of military vehicles being transported to the border (h/t Kal ©):

H/t CSM

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Update (Nov. 3):

An intriguing email from my friend, John Molloy, Chairman of the Coalition of Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans, who is at a conference in Arlington, Virginia:

I am at the Hyatt Regency in Arlington Virginia at the conference but the Marine Corps is having its 243rd anniversary celebration in the same location. However the Marine Corps birthday is actually November 10th. I asked a few Marine officers why they’re celebrating on November 3rd are they deploying next week and I just got a few grins who knows?

~Eowyn

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Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

God Bless Our Troops! I am certainly glad that our President has taken this action.

Sally Horton
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Sally Horton

So, what happens in 45 days? They leave the tent cities and enter the US, right? AFter all, the election will be over.

Hawkmoon
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Hawkmoon

Mass Migration: Mortal Threat to Red State America
https://buchanan.org/blog/

Lophatt
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Lophatt

This is NOT an asylum issue. It is an invasion. The President has the power to use whatever force he deems necessary to stop that. This won’t end well if they allow them in, even to tent cities. Being poor is not a valid reason for asylum. He should, at a minimum, put the whole thing on Mexico and tell them “I’ll entertain legitimate petitions, one at a time, after they are properly filed on your side of the border”. It may take YEARS to get through them all, but who cares? But, I know that won’t happen (too bad).

Joseph BC69
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Joseph BC69

While I agree with both Auntie and Lophatt on most of their points, I think that low-fat is quite correct when she says that it would be a mistake to even let them into tent cities. it is my understanding that once they get their feet on the ground they automatically obtain certain benefits, and it becomes much more difficult to send them out of the country. And that is why they must NOT be allowed to in at all without processing.

Willie William
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Willie William

It has been reported that a group of these slimy illegal invader animals ambushed two Border Patrol Agents and smashed their skulls with rocks killing on and seriously injuring the other. Time to put an end to this crap and start shooting to kill any of these animals that set one foot on U.S. soil. The blood of all of the people that have been murdered by an illegal invader alien, (remember Kate Steinle and Molly Tibbetts?) are on the hands of every democRAT that supports open border. Nasty Pelosi, Chuck U. Schumer and that horrible vile old hag Maxipad… Read more »

Buzz
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Buzz

Stop all foreign aid to these countries immediately where these illegal criminal invaders are coming from, including Mexico. Stop all wire transfer of monies to these countries. Watch the American dollars dry up and things will change pretty quick.

TPR
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TPR

Thanks for the update (& re number of soldiers). 🙂

Depressing headlines seen at @Drudge_Report:

Some of the caravan invaders have SUED Potus & Govt. using OUR 5th Amendment; includes quote by former Scotus Scalia re rights of “asylum seekers,” blah blah blah. Some group, NEXUS, is paying for lawsuit:
https://t.co/z0hjCAReYv

TPR
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TPR

Also seen at Drudge, Reuters/Yahoo News posted 10pm last night GMT, saying Potus had backed down re shooting at rock-throwers. Poor guy can’t get a break as the crybabies, including a Human Rights org, have fits every time he speaks with a backbone. Second paragraph from article: “They won’t have to fire. What I don’t want is I don’t want these people throwing rocks,” Trump told reporters outside the White House. “If they do that with us, they’re going to be arrested for a long time.” (which would mean we pay for their arrest & jail time!) https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-says-troops-not-fire-migrant-caravan-190623842.html Shoot over… Read more »

TPR
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TPR

Leave it to Tel-e-Vision to get in on the action:

“Discovery is heading to the U.S.-Mexico border for a timely live reality series, Border Live. The six-part multiplatform series hosted by CNN anchor/special correspondent Bill Weir and investigative journalist Lilia Luciano, is set to premiere December 5 at 9 PM on Discovery Channel”:

https://deadline.com/2018/11/discovery-order-live-reality-show-us-mexico-border-bill-weir-1202494619/

TPR
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TPR

Great tweet from the White House 11/1/18, seen via Whatfinger’s twitter feed: The White House @WhiteHouse Nov 1 President Trump delivers an update on the crisis at our southern border. “America is a welcoming country . . . We will not allow our generosity to be abused by those who would break our laws, defy our rules, violate our borders, break into our country illegally.” pic.twitter.com/2puHz8XkHy Amen to that! Another tweeter said she was so sick of all the negativity toward Potus re the Border/Invasion (agreed!) because, she said, “he is doing WHAT HE WAS HIRED TO DO, protect our… Read more »

TPR
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TPR

In other “vs.Potus” news: (((Michael Cohen))), former Trump Org atty, has become a Judas Iscariot claiming he NOW feels so bad re Trump’s RACIST (vs. Blacks) remarks from all the PRIOR years that Cohen had to FINALLY speak up; says he had been smitten with the money & glamour of the job so had kept his mouth shut … until, apparently, Vanity Fair (11/2/18 article) convinced him to “out” his former boss. Before VF even got to the Cohen portion, their first few paragraphs were so over-the-top sensationally-negative re Potus. Sickening Supreme. Then Cohen gave 3-4 brief descriptions of when… Read more »

TPR
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TPR

11/2/18 nauseating “Military in Partisan Crosshairs” article by WaPo & reposted by Chicago Tribune: Includes quotes/names by 4-5 former USA Military Head-Honchos all dissing on Potus re the border deployment, grrr, saying: __It’s WASTEFUL, stretching resources & manpower. __It’s pulling the Military INTO politics, a big No No. __Caravan is ONLY women & children! (Exact OPPOSITE of all we’ve been hearing!) __Caravan is FORTY (40) DAYS AWAY from USA Border so NO NEED for any deployment NOW anyway. __”It’s a ‘Political Stunt'” for Midterms. SOD Mattis, when asked re same, was reported to have “BRISTLED” & then replied: “WE DON’T… Read more »

Mad Celt
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Mad Celt

So racism is defined by not interfering when a POC commits a crime?

Skid Marx
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Skid Marx

So the army is going to pass out soccer balls and change diapers while making sure the tents are well stocked and comfy?
My 101st Airborne Ranger father is somewhere in Southeast Asia wiping a tear from his eye.

lse
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lse

What??? I thought they would already have 1000+ there by now and have already setup their tents. This is not going to work out well if they are that slow.
All i am really looking for now is some last minute thing the Marxists are going to put out in the media in the last 2 days before the election.

Alma
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Alma

Regardless of the troops “ waiting” at the border, I continue to be skeptical about the INVADING MERCENARIES not entering the country, otherwise tents will not be erected to house any potential policial refugees. Phooey, it’s all a game and my taxes will go up.

Mad Celt
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Mad Celt

Here’s where the rubber meets the road. Either we stand as a nation of laws whose first duty is the security of its own citizens or we become just another footnote in history. My hope is we remain the shining city in the hill and not the dilapidated ruins of what might have been.

greenworxx
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greenworxx

I also heard that a huge contingency of Venezuelan citizens are in the caravans.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

This is interesting:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/02/politics/white-house-pentagon-troops-border/index.html

They are saying that the Pentagon is refusing to send troops. If this is true he should have all the generals heads on a platter in thirty minutes. It’s a great promotional opportunity for colonels.