Nearly 5000 US soldiers deployed to Mexico border

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Manning recalled that last week the Ministry of defense has announced that it will receive 5.2 thousand troops, part of which will be armed on the border with Mexico. But they do that with us, they're going to be arrested for a long time.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said there was a similar caravan at the Guatemala-Mexico border region consisting of 3,000 people. The troops now being deployed to the border are limited to a Title X role, supporting the Customs and Border Patrol mission without engaging in law enforcement duties, which federal law forbids.

Trump's decision to send active-duty us 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.

According to official documents obtained by the Washington Post, troops are allowed to use deadly force to protect "all persons, foreign or domestic, who are faced with imminent threat of death or serious bodily harm, and where lesser means have failed or can not be reasonably employed".

Army Col. Robert Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, said troops do not qualify for the special pay unless they are on duty "in foreign areas, designated as such because of wartime conditions, civil war, civil insurrection, or terrorism".

Of those 4,800, 2,600 are in Texas and 1,100 each are in Arizona and California.

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

On Thursday, Trump claimed the military is putting up thousands of tents to hold migrants, but officials said there are no plans as of now to build tents. Instead, the tents will serve as temporary shelters for border security reinforcements.

The official noted that the request was different than a previously approved DHS request from earlier this year to house migrant families further along in the immigration process, on military bases. DOD was tasked to provide logistical and medical support.

There is still no official cost estimate made public for the 45-day mission, but Manning said the Defense Department will "absorb" the costs of the operation. The Department of Homeland Security disputes that characterization, and the story has been updated with DHS comment.

Trump said last week he plans to build tents to house migrants, who would be held in those facilities while the US government weighs their asylum request.