U.S. military rejected White House request to build migrant detention facilities

U.S. military rejected White House request to build migrant detention facilities

Pentagon says troops won't 'come in ' with caravan migrants at Mexico border The US military has said that its troops deployed to the Mexico border to help stop a migrant caravan from entering the US will not tackle migrants.

The disclosure by USA 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 have a problem at the border", he said.

From a military standpoint, he said, he asked a number of questions.

"The only soldiers that are going to be armed during this mission are the soldiers that are providing force protection", said Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, echoing a statement by the Department of Defense that only "military police" who will be protecting the troops will be carrying weapons. "They have violently overrun the Mexican border". "I didn't say shoot". "But we're going to arrest those people quickly and for a long time", he told reporters.

"Self-defense is an inherent right of a soldier".

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Some 1,100 of the troops are in California, another 1,100 in Arizona and 2,600 in Texas on the eve of crucial midterm elections that will determine whether Trump's Republicans keep their hold on power in Congress.

Indeed, these four caravans now are traveling inside Mexico, totaling some 12,000 Central American migrants, as a separate Fox News report indicated on Sunday and as other outlets have noted.

By voicing its opposition, the Pentagon helped ensure that its mission was tailored to only providing support to USA government personnel on the border, US officials said.

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

Manning also pointed out that soldiers "do not plan to interact with the protesters or migrant" at the border.

Active duty United States troops are barred from domestic law enforcement unless there is an emergency, but Trump has repeatedly raised the prospect of having troops enforce the border as he campaigns hard on the dangers of immigration ahead of the midterm elections. MP units have been assigned to the border mission to provide force protection to the units that will be providing logistical support to CBP.

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