Politics: Trump sent thousands of US troops to the border, but they’re in the dark about what to do when the migrant caravans arrive

Thousands of US troops are hardening ports of entry, but the US military says it does not have a clear plan for when the migrant caravans arrive.

  • Thousands of US troops are building barriers and hardening ports of entry, but the US military says it does not have a clear plan for what to do when the migrant caravans arrive.
  • Army North said on Tuesday that there is no specific plan or guidance for when the migrants arrive.
  • We’re doing the obstacle emplacement,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon.”We will have to see what the future holds, but right now that is the only mission I have.”

Thousands of active-duty US troops have deployed to the US-Mexico border to support border agents as large migrant caravans march through Mexico, the first of which began to reach border towns Tuesday.

The troops are building barriers and hardening ports of entry, but the US military says it does not have a clear plan for what to do when the migrants finally arrive, raising new questions about the large-scale troop deployments that President Trump has ordered.

The Pentagon referred INSIDER to US Northern Command (NORTHCOM) for questions on US military activity at the southern border, and NORTHCOM redirected BI to Army North, which is officially in charge of the mission formerly called “Operation Faithful Patriot.”

Army North said on Tuesday that there is no specific plan or guidance for when the migrants arrive. Media reports said the first wave of about one hundred migrants began to arrive near Tijuana on Tuesday. Thousands more are presently located near Guadalajara and Veracruz, Mexico.

When asked whether or not someone higher up had a plan, Army North spokeswoman First Lt. Marenda Figgs responded, “Presumably. We are hoping, but it hasn’t trickled down to us.”

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