By Lucas Tomlinson, 10-29-18, at Fox News: (bold is mine)
Roughly 5,000 U.S. troops will be deploying to the southern border in response to the migrant caravan pushing north through Mexico, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News.
Some of the troops will be deploying as early as Tuesday. The reinforcements headed to the U.S.-Mexico border are support troops, not combat troops. They will include engineers, aviation and medical personnel.
This is a developing story …
Shortly before Fox posted this news, The Daily Caller had a piece in which they quoted a tweet from President Trump and he said:
So, here’s my question – if they’re going to be refused entry, why do we need so many engineers, aviation and medical personnel? The fact of the matter is they aren’t going to turn them around. Instead they are going to process at least some people in the caravan, perhaps the women and children.
If they do this, it will be for humanitarian reasons of course, (cough) and it well set in stone for illegal immigrants that we don’t respect our own laws, so they don’t have to either. The flow of invaders will never stop so long as we don’t back up our words with actions. News reports tell us there are a second and supposedly a third caravan on their way. Will we welcome them with open arms too?
As of today, the caravan hasn’t reached Mexico City yet, so they have a long way to go and probably won’t reach our border before election day. But if they do reach us and we don’t turn them away, it could bring about serious consequences on November 6th.
If they reach us after the election and are allowed asylum, there will be blowback from conservatives who voted R and likely kill any chance Trump has of running for a second term. This is one time that Trump had better stick to his word or watch his earlier successes go down in flames.
Another aspect that I want to point out is that it doesn’t matter how many troops we send to the border as long as our law says we have to process all those who seek asylum. That is the first thing we need to fix and the second is much harsher punishments for illegals who return after being deported.