US Troops To Leave Mexico Border Just As Migrant Caravan Arrives

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U.S. troops sent to the southern border in advance of the migrant caravan are heading home just as the caravan arrives.

The active duty troops President Donald Trump sent to America’s southern border just before the midterm elections — a move he cast as necessary to defend the country from a migrant “invasion” — are making their way back home, just as the caravan of Central American migrants has reached Tijuana, Mexico.

From The Daily Beast:

> Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, who runs the mission out of Texas, told Politico that the troops sent by President Trump to back up existing border enforcement “should be home by Christmas.” He also said troop numbers would rapidly fall after “engineer and logistics troops” finish fortifying entry ports and base camps along the U.S.-Mexico border.


> Buchanan also confirmed that the Pentagon rejected a Department of Homeland Security request for “armed force to back up Border Patrol agents in the event of a violent confrontation,” describing the request as a “law enforcement task.” Migrants started arriving in Tijuana by the hundreds late last week, with Mexican officials worrying about how to house the influx of migrants.

Trump's decision to send military to the border was widely viewed as a political stunt ahead of the midterm elections, merely an effort to instill fear in enough voters to drive up Republican turnout at the polls, rather than the legitimate use of U.S. troops for national security purposes.