Mattis Approves Extending Border Deployment Through Next Year

ㅤ"Mattis said Saturday that the military’s engineer work to put in crowd control capabilities was completed but indicated there were other things with which troops could assist the DHS. He said no troops were serving in a law enforcement capacity, in compliance with the U.S. Constitution.
ㅤ’I’ll make certain that what we’re doing is appropriate for our troops, and if it is and Border Patrol needs the help, of course, we’ll provide it,’ he said Saturday at the Reagan Defense Forum in California.
ㅤ’We’ll stay strictly within the Constitution, strictly within our laws, and the law enforcement functions will be carried out by the appropriate people, either the Border Patrol or U.S. marshals or other federal police, but not by the U.S. military,’ he said."

Full story at Breitbart. Posted here on 12/5/18. See "dod, dhs, troops, border."

Nielsen asks Cabinet departments to send civilian police to US-Mexico border: report

ㅤ"’The President has made it clear that border security is a top administration priority. In line with the President’s direction and given the very real threat we face at the border from potential mass migration actions – of course, DHS has reached out for assistance from partners across the federal government to defend our sovereignty, protect our frontline men and women, and secure our border. We appreciate all of the support we have received to date,’ DHS spokeswoman Katie Waldman said in a statement.
ㅤMost federal agencies employ special agents who are fully authorized law enforcement officers and can enforce federal law."

Full story at The Hill. Posted here on 11/30/18. See "border, nielsen, migrant caravans, dhs."

Trump to grant troops authority to protect border personnel from violence: report

ㅤ"President Trump is expected to give troops on the border the authority to protect Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel if they are attacked by migrants crossing into the country, CNN reported Monday, citing three U.S. officials.
ㅤCurrently, the troops at the border don’t have the authority to intervene if CBP personnel were to be attacked, CNN noted. The directive from Trump, which reportedly could be announced as soon as Monday night, will stipulate that any use of force by the troops must be ‘proportional.’"

Full story at The Hill. Posted here on 11/19/18. See "border, troops, cbp."

U.S. Military, DHS Conduct Training Exercises Ahead of Caravan Migrants

ㅤ"U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in the Tucson Sector teamed up with Department of Defense (DOD) personnel to conduct training exercises and harden ports of entry in advance of the anticipated arrival of Central American caravan migrants. Officials estimate the region could become saturated with thousands seeking asylum or crossing the border illegally."

Full story at Breitbart. Posted here on 11/15/18. See "caravan, migrants, border."

Pentagon: 'There will be additional force' beyond 5,200 troops sent to border

ㅤ"The Pentagon on Tuesday said the 5,200 troops to be sent to the border beginning this week is is expected to rise.
ㅤ’What I can confirm is there will be additional force over and above the 5,239, the magnitude of that difference I don’t have an answer for you,’ U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command head Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy told reporters at the Pentagon…"

Full story at The Hill. Posted here on 10/30/18. See "border, pentagon, troops, caravan."

DHS' Nielsen: Border in Crisis, 150,000 Trying to Cross Each Day

ㅤ"’We have a crisis at the border right now,’ she said. ‘We are stopping between 151,700 people a day trying to cross illegally into this country. This caravan is one iteration of that but frankly, we eventually see caravans every day with these numbers.’
ㅤNielsen called a caravan currently making its way north as one having a ‘moment-to-moment’ membership. ‘This isn’t a ticketed event if you don’t have a membership in the caravan,’ she said.
ㅤ’There are consistently moment to moment folks raising a hand saying they are part of the so-called caravan and then there are others who yesterday said they were part of the caravan, today say they are no longer a part of the caravan. What we are really talking about is the flow of people that are headed towards the United States. They have chosen to break laws along the way.’"

Full story at Newsmax. Posted here on 10/28/18. See "kirstjen nielsen, caravan, border."

California Governor Announces Mobilization of 400 National Guard Troops, Per Trump’s Order


ㅤ"California Governor Jerry Brown changed course Wednesday night and announced the mobilization of 400 National Guard troops to the border in compliance with orders from the White House."

Full story and video…at The Daily Caller, image from dailycaller(.com) – 4/18/18. Tags: california, national guard, border. 𑗉

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