SAN DIEGO — As thousands of migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum-seekers converge on the doorstep of the United States, what they won’t find are armed American soldiers standing guard.
Instead they will see cranes installing towering panels of metal bars and troops wrapping concertina wire around barriers while military helicopters fly overhead, carrying border patrol agents to and from locations along the U.S.-Mexico border.
That’s because U.S. military troops are prohibited from carrying out law enforcement duties.
What’s more, the bulk of the troops are in Texas — hundreds of miles away from the caravan that started arriving this week in Tijuana on Mexico’s border with California after walking and hitching rides for the past month, Stars and Stripes reports.
“I know I’m not getting asylum because they don’t give you asylum for hunger, But us on the caravan would rather die fighting than sitting in Honduras waiting to starve or be killed. If they deport us we’ll come right back.”
— Lizbeth Diaz (@Sinfandela) November 13, 2018
The soldiers are not armed and are not allowed to carry out any Law Enforcement, the illegals invasion now knows this and they have started to jump the fences with 0 regard for U.S. Soldiers who can only monitor and call it in to the Border Patrol.
A Video posted by online depicts part of the caravan passing through a toll booth in which State and Federal police are providing security for the group as it heads to the U.S. border. The caravan stopped on the outskirts of Ciudad Obregon for a period of no more than 10 minutes to receive food and water. The caravan later stopped at a gas station, where they were met by personnel from Civil Protection and other agencies
On top of the current active duty deployed at the southern border, over 1000 Marines have deployed as well. The I Marine Expeditionary Force is a Marine Air Ground Task Force of the United States Marine Corps primarily composed of the 1st Marine Division, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and 1st Marine Logistics Group. It is based at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
Department of Homeland Security as part of Operation Faithful Patriot:
- Provide engineering support at the border
- Build temporary barriers, barricades, and fencing.
- provide medical teams
- Command and control facilities
- temporary housing for Customs and Border Protection personnel and personal protective equipment
- Marine aircraft are being staged at Miramar
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.