Currently on U.S. border: 2,100 mostly unarmed Guard troops

Currently on U.S. border: 2,100 mostly unarmed Guard troops

[Ed. – Have seen nothing on a deployment order for more.  It’s not true, as some folks are asserting, that Trump can’t deploy the “regular” military as opposed to the Guard.  The Patriot Act allows him to deploy regular troops for extraordinary homeland security situations, and the president is the authority for deciding what those are.  It’s a thorny issue, and one that many people — like me — are very ambivalent about.  If the “caravan,” which looks more like an asymmetric invasion force with each passing hour, isn’t stopped before it gets to the border, we’re going to be setting some significant precedents in the days ahead.]

The National Guard has about 2,100 troops working along the U.S.-Mexico border as a caravan of thousands of migrants approach from Central America in a direct challenge to President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. …

In April, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis authorized that as many as 4,000 troops could be sent to the border pending approval of participating state governors. The memo allowed for the cost of the deployment to be reimbursed through federal funds, but also limited the National Guard’s role, prohibiting guard forces from interacting with any of the migrants or taking on a law enforcement role. …

The 1,000 Texas Army National Guardsmen dispatched are not armed, said spokesman Maj. Joshua G. Amstutz.

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