Eager to focus voters on immigration in the lead-up to the midterm elections, U.S. President Donald Trump escalated his threats against a migrant caravan trudging slowly toward the country's border as Pentagon prepared to deploy thousands of U.S. troops to support the border patrol.
The massive deployment marks a sharp increase from initial estimates last week, when United States officials said about 800 active-duty troops would head south.
The head of U.S. Northern Command expects that additional active duty troops will supplement the 5,239 already slated to deploy in support of the Trump administration's efforts to stop a migrant caravan making its way through Mexico.
President Donald Trump, who has seized upon the Central American migrant caravan in campaign rallies ahead of the vote, said on Twitter that the military would be waiting for the procession - suggesting a far more direct role in confronting the migrants than US defense officials have previously suggested. The Pentagon has about 5,200 troops in Iraq and 2,000 in Syria, the amount that it has maintained in those countries through the vast majority of the ISIS fight launched in 2014.More news: Why Chelsea's generosity to Frank Lampard may come back to haunt them
Migrants walk along train tracks in Mexico. A previous migrant caravan this year ended with about 200 people at the border between Tijuana and San Diego in early May, where they turned themselves over to authorities on the USA side and applied for asylum.
Mexico said the previous day that temporary identity numbers had been issued to more than 300 migrants, which would allow them to stay and work in Mexico. They can fast-rope down if the need to.
Migrants are entitled under both US and worldwide law to apply for asylum.
O'Shaughnessy seemed to put to rest any speculation that military troops would conduct unprecedented operations at the southern border under the impending deployment.
"As we sit right here today, we have about 800 soldiers that are on their way to Texas right now", O'Shaughnessy said.More news: Priyanka Chopra looks like the happiest bride ever at her bridal shower
End game: open borders, the end of national sovereignty, and, as The New American has reported, integration of the United States into the North American superstate managed by Deep State globocrats. Officials say the troops will provide "mission enhancing capabilities" and will be armed.
It will also include an influx of military aviation units who will be tasked with ferrying CBP agents along the border with helicopter and airplanes, he said.
USA officials told Reuters last week the military will have not have an active law enforcement role, instead sending engineers, pilots and other support staff including some that may be able deal with crowd control on the US side of the border. However, some lawmakers dismissed the new deployment as a political stunt by the White House just a week before the November 6 midterm elections.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Friday offered temporary work permits, medical care and other benefits to migrants if they agree to register with authorities and remain in the Mexican states of Chiapas and Oaxaca, far from the USA border.
"We go for about a month, I stopped counting the days, we are helped by Almighty God and the good people you meet on the way", says this mother of a family.More news: Trump And Global Far Right Celebrate Brazil Authoritarian's Presidential Win