Get Task & Purpose in your inbox
Pentagon To Order More Troops To Border After Trump Vows To Use Military To Halt Migrant Caravan
The Pentagon is sending 800 or more additional troops to the Southwest border in response to President Donald Trump’s vow to use the military to block a caravan of Central American immigrants from entering the United States, a U.S. official said.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis is expected to sign an order Thursday dispatching the troops. They will be limited to providing logistical support to the Border Patrol, which will remain responsible for apprehending anyone crossing the border illegally, the official said.
Trump said in a tweet Thursday that he was “bringing out the military” to secure the border, calling it a “national emergency.”
Trump has seized on the immigration issue ahead of next month’s midterm election, but illegal immigration this year is on pace to be lower than all but four of the previous 45 years.
The military personnel are expected to aid the Border Patrol by building fencing at several key points where it is believed the migrants may try to cross, the official said.
The troops will also assist the Border Patrol with vehicles, tents and possibly medical support, the official said.
The additional troops are expected to arrive along the border beginning next week.
Pentagon officials said they are still working out where the troops will come from and where along the border they will go. Most of them are likely to be drawn from National Guard units, though some active-duty troops may be sent as well.
It’s unclear whether the troops will be armed, though Pentagon officials say they always retain the right to defend themselves.
There already are about 2,000 National Guard troops assisting at the border under a previous Pentagon operation.
Restricting the troops to a support role means they would not violate the Posse Comitatus Act, which bars the federal government from using the military in a domestic policing role.
©2018 Los Angeles Times. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
The USS Eagle 56 was only five miles off the coast of Maine when it exploded.
The World War I-era patrol boat split in half, then slipped beneath the surface of the North Atlantic. The Eagle 56 had been carrying a crew of 62. Rescuers pulled 13 survivors from the water that day. It was April 23, 1945, just two weeks before the surrender of Nazi Germany.
The U.S. Navy classified the disaster as an accident, attributing the sinking to a blast in the boiler room. In 2001, that ruling was changed to reflect the sinking as a deliberate act of war, perpetuated by German submarine U-853, a u-boat belonging to Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine.
Still, despite the Navy's effort to clarify the circumstances surrounding the sinking, the Eagle 56 lingered as a mystery. The ship had sunk relatively close to shore, but efforts to locate the wreck were futile for decades. No one could find the Eagle 56, a small patrol ship that had come so close to making it back home.
Then, a group of friends and amateur divers decided to try to find the wreck in 2014. After years of fruitless dives and intensive research, New England-based Nomad Exploration Team successfully located the Eagle 56 in June 2018.
Business Insider spoke to two crew members — meat truck driver Jeff Goodreau and Massachusetts Department of Corrections officer Donald Ferrara — about their discovery.
These CIA officers were the first US boots on the ground in Afghanistan after 9/11 — and one was 'Marine Todd'
Before the 5th Special Forces Group's Operational Detachment Alpha 595, before 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment's MH-47E Chinooks, and before the Air Force combat controllers, there were a handful of CIA officers and a buttload of cash.
The last time the world saw Marine veteran Austin Tice, he had been taken prisoner by armed men. It was unclear whether his captors were jihadists or allies of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad who were disguised as Islamic radicals.
Blindfolded and nearly out of breath, Tice spoke in Arabic before breaking into English:"Oh Jesus. Oh Jesus."
That was from a video posted on YouTube on Sept. 26, 2012, several weeks after Tice went missing near Damascus, Syria, while working as a freelance journalist for McClatchy and the Washington Post.
Now that Tice has been held in captivity for more than seven years, reporters who have regular access to President Donald Trump need to start asking him how he is going to bring Tice home.
"Shoots like a carbine, holsters like a pistol." That's the pitch behind the new Flux Defense system designed to transform the Army's brand new sidearm into a personal defense weapon.
Sometimes a joke just doesn't work.
For example, the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service tweeted and subsequently deleted a Gilbert Gottfried-esque misfire about the "Storm Area 51" movement.
On Friday DVIDSHUB tweeted a picture of a B-2 bomber on the flight line with a formation of airmen in front of it along with the caption: "The last thing #Millenials will see if they attempt the #area51raid today."