Active-Duty Troops at Border Will Not Receive Hazard Pay

Trump’s election-eve border mission puts the military in partisan crosshairs

Trump’s election-eve border mission puts the military in partisan crosshairs

"There are soldiers on the border putting up concertina wire and reinforcing the points of entry", the chairman said.

As of Monday, US officials told Reuters that about 4,800 troops participating in the mission "Operation Faithful Patriot" are near the border.

Last week, the military announced that over 7,000 troops would go to the border with Mexico as a caravan of Central American migrants slowly heads towards the United States. A DHS official said "DHS and DOD are working closely together to advance the president's border security mission" and that the government will continue "looking at locations and available avenues if the need for additional housing arises".

"Our first line of effort in support of CBP is hardening the ports of entry and addressing key gaps", Manning said, referring to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

It also follows remarks last week by U.S. President Donald Trump, who said that any rocks thrown by asylum-seeking migrants at the U.S. military would be "considered a firearm". The remark was short-lived as the next day Trump walked it back, saying that those who attack the U.S. military will simply be arrested in accordance with USA law.

Speaking at Duke University on Monday, Gen. Dunford said, "There is no plan for us military forces to be involved in the actual mission of denying people entry to the United States".

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford told reporters Monday that US troops deployed to the southern border are there to assist the Department of Homeland Security, and not "the actual mission of denying people entry to the United States".

There are roughly 2,700 active-duty troops in Texas, 1,200 in Arizona and 1,100 in California, the Department of Defence revealed Monday.

That, in part, led Banks to say the use of active-duty troops to defend against the caravan was unlawful on its own. "The military doesn't want to take aggressive actions because of all the legal restrictions ... they don't want to bump up against that", Timothy Dunn, an expert on border law enforcement at Salisbury University, told me.

About "200 unregulated armed militia members [are] now operating along the southwest border", says a planning document for Army commanders leading the 5,200 troops Trump has deployed at the border, according to Newsweek. But, the official noted, that was not expected to be part of Faithful Patriot and the timing of any such future mission was unclear.

Trump's push to send the military to the border comes ahead of Tuesday's mid-term congressional elections and has triggered sharp reactions, with critics calling it a political stunt that misuses US military resources.

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