Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Extra Troops At The Border Could Cost $220 Million

Extra Troops At The Border Could Cost $220 Million

Trump's decision to send active-duty USA military troops to the border between the United States and Mexico has been decried as a political stunt, planned more to influence Tuesday's elections than the entry of immigrants still hundreds of miles from the border.

There are roughly 2,700 active-duty troops in Texas, 1,200 in Arizona and 1,100 in California, the Department of Defence revealed Monday.

"I noticed all that handsome barbed wire going up today", Trump said, referring to military soldiers setting up fences on the border.

Trump, who has warned of an "invasion" of the thousands of migrants now in Mexico, announced the military deployment last week, saying that up to 15,000 troops could serve in the operation.

The US military declined a draft request from the Department of Homeland Security last month to build housing for detained migrants, during early discussions in the Trump administration about the military's role on the border, according to officials.

The disclosure by U.S. officials 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 capability".

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.

Active duty USA troops are barred from domestic law enforcement unless there is an emergency, but President Donald Trump has repeatedly raised the prospect of having troops enforce the border as he campaigns hard on the dangers of immigration in the final days before the midterm elections.

"We're going to have tents. The defense Ministry expects that more than 7 thousand soldiers will soon be to support the border service", - he said.

The majority of the forces are now in Texas where 2,600 service members have arrived over the last week, there are 1,100 service members in Arizona and California respectively.

Manning noted that DHS had requested that active duty troops, rather than reservists - who usually partake in operations on United States soil - for this operation.

It also follows remarks last week by U.S. President Donald Trump, who said that any rocks thrown by asylum-seeking migrants at the U.S. military would be "considered a firearm". DOD officials studied the request and proposed what is being deployed now. The president thanked the Army Corps of Engineers for their help, without giving details of their activities or specifying whether any tents have yet been erected on military bases to accommodate migrants apprehended after crossing the border.

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

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