Pentagon Declines Trump Admin’s Request to Build Detention Facilities

Migrant Caravan Pentagon Refuses Trump Order to Deploy US Troops to Border

Active duty United States troops are barred from domestic law enforcement unless there is an emergency, but Trump has repeatedly raised the prospect of having troops enforce the border as he campaigns hard on the dangers of immigration ahead of the midterm elections. But they do that with us, they're going to be arrested for a long time.

US Army soldiers install a barbed wire fence along Anzalduas International Bridge near the US- Mexico border in McAllen, Texas, November 5, 2018.

The Pentagon's statement is also aimed at dispelling the notion that the troops will be involved in law enforcement, but will rather be working on projects focused on "hardening" the border.

Pentagon officials declined a preliminary Trump administration request for the USA military to build facilities to house detained migrants as part of its new mission on the Mexican border, U.S. officials said. "They have violently overrun the Mexican border". But, in total, according to Donald trump, the President of the United States of America at the U.S. -Mexico border will be sent 15 thousand troops to prevent the country caravan of migrants.

The Pentagon acknowledges that military service members have the right of self-defense, but does not make public the standards for the use of force other than to say they are proportional.

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Of those 4,800, 2,600 are in Texas and 1,100 each are in Arizona and California.

The primary tasks of the active-duty 5,200-strong contingent, expected to grow to 7,000 in the coming days, will be construction and engineering, Pentagon officials said.

However, ABC News has learned that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had made an initial request to the Pentagon "to hold" migrants seized along the border in tent structures, according to a USA official. Instead, the tents will serve as temporary shelters for border security reinforcements. MP units have been assigned to the border mission to provide force protection to the units that will be providing logistical support to CBP. The Department of Homeland Security disputes that characterization, and the story has been updated with DHS comment.

When questioned on the cost of the operation on Monday morning Pentagon spokesman Col Rob Manning said, "I don't have a cost estimate for you, the Department will absorb the cost".

The officials said that while there had been informal talks between the Department of Defense and DHS about having the military build tent facilities to house detained migrants, tents were never part of the formal request for assistance submitted by DHS and approved by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.

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