BROWNSVILLE, Texas – As the first active-duty military troops sent to the U.S. border with Mexico installed coils of razor wire on a bridge and a riverbank Friday, a sense of unease spread across Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, FOX NEWS reports.
President Donald Trump’s portrayal of a border under siege by drug smugglers and other criminals is at odds with what residents in towns along the 1,954-mile (3,126-kilometer) divide with Mexico see in their daily routines, with U.S. border towns consistently ranking among the safest in the country.
“I noticed all that beautiful barbed wire going up today, Barbed wire used properly can be a beautiful sight. We have our military now at the border!
We have a problem at the border, We have a problem with illegal immigration and the problem is that the Democrats will not allow us to change the dumbest laws in the history of the world on immigration.”” ~ President Trump
The first coils of the razor-sharp fence were unwound in the vicinity of McAllen–Hidalgo–Reynosa International Bridge crossing in Texas on Friday, after the first units of American soldiers deployed at the border started reinforcing the frontier against any potential breaches.
— Iris Rodriguez (@IrisNews) November 2, 2018
By Saturday, more than 3,500 troops had been deployed, including about 1,000 Marines in California, the Pentagon said. Trump, however, said that the number might be increased to 15,000 active US personnel if the initial contingent is not enough.
U.S. Army troops, part of “Operation Faithful Patriot” arrived to the U.S. border with Mexico, deployed by President Trump ahead of midterms. Soldiers spread out barbed wire along the Rio Grande in south Texas. #immigration #border #caravanamigrante #undocumented #army pic.twitter.com/PVD6YIbCvk
— John Moore (@jbmoorephoto) November 2, 2018
The engineers will no doubt be aiding in the construction of additional border security measures as stringing concertina wire and Jersey type barriers. They’d also set up temporary housing facilities for aliens who actually are going to do things the legal way and apply for asylum, as well as detainees before they are sent back.
WATCH: #Military spotted at the #Hidalgo–#Reynosa international bridge. They are helping repair fencing and installing barbed/razor wire ahead of the possible arrival of a #MigrantCaravan. #Texas #border #RGV #troops pic.twitter.com/GHpm98TFCD
— Oscar Margain (@OscarBorderTeam) November 2, 2018
God Bless our brothers and sisters in uniform, stay safe and stay vigilant!
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.