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Hundreds of vulnerable migrants cross river into Mexico

07 November 2018, 10:54 | Erica Roy

Hundreds of vulnerable migrants cross river into Mexico

Hundreds of vulnerable migrants cross river into Mexico

That would be in addition to an estimated cost of $182 million for the already announced deployment of National Guard troops to the border in May.

This weekend, US troops continued to work along the border with Mexico, ostensibly to protect the United States from what President Trump has called an illegal immigrant invasion.

According to the New York Post, "The soldiers worked with US Customs and Border Patrol officers to lay about 1,000 feet of fencing along the river, the Defense Department said".

Trump on Sunday praised the military's strenuous effort to fortify the border, calling the barbed wire fence "beautiful".

The disclosure by US officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, illustrates the tension within the administration over using military resources to fortify the border against illegal immigration, a top election issue for President Donald Trump's base.

"We are providing enabling capabilities", he continued. They are now making their way through the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz, and are around 750 miles from the USA border.

"We have a problem at the border", he said.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is sending up to 5,200 troops to the border to defend it from the onslaught of migrants trying to cross into the country.

With the mission now set for November 5 through December 15, for a total of 41 days, the cost of deploying 8,000 troops and air support ranges from approximately $42 million to $55 million, according to the CSBA estimate.

Of those 4,800, 2,600 are in Texas and 1,100 each are in Arizona and California.

The request was turned down because the Department of Defense felt that active duty troops do not have the authority to conduct that type of mission unless they are granted additional authorities by the President.

Trump has said of the immigrant caravan, among other things, "It's like an invasion". DOD officials studied the request and proposed what is being deployed now. He denied widespread media reports that the military should engage in the construction of accommodation facilities for migrant families.

Reuters was first to report that the Pentagon had balked at the initial request from the Department of Homeland Security.

Trump said last week he plans to build tents to house migrants, who would be held in those facilities while the USA government weighs their asylum request.

Asked about the cost of the operation, Manning said it had yet to be determined by the Pentagon's financial services.

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