Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump's border deployment could cost up to $300M

Trump's border deployment could cost up to $300M

The Trump administration discussed using the us military to build facilities to house detained migrants as part of its new mission on the Mexican border but the idea was dropped after the Pentagon expressed doubts about it, USA officials said.

On Friday, Trump tried to walk back those comments, telling reporters that "if our soldiers", or Border Patrol or Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers "are going to be hit in the face with rocks, we're going to arrest those people".

Trump, who has warned of an "invasion" of the thousands of migrants now in Mexico, announced the military deployment last week, saying that up to 15,000 troops could serve in the operation. The supposed request was made at the time when a migrant caravan of mostly Central American asylum-seekers are heading to the USA in the hope to cross into the country.

Trump has said the total number of troops could climb as high as 15,000, which CSBA calculates the price tag to be at approximately $90 million to $110 million.

"We're going to have tents".

"We have our military now at the border", Trump said as the crowd cheered.

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"There is no plan for them to come in direct contact with migrants or protesters", Manning said. There are reports that this deployment could cost upwards of $200 million.

The request was turned down because the Department of Defense felt that active duty troops do not have the authority to conduct that type of mission unless they are granted additional authorities by the President.

Manning said only military police would carry weapons and stressed that there were no plans for US troops to come in contact with protesters or migrants.

Last week, the Trump administration ordered the deployment of thousands of active-duty US troops to support Customs and Border Protection agents in three states - Texas, Arizona and California - in response to the caravans.

But, the official noted, that was not expected to be part of Faithful Patriot and the timing of any such future mission was unclear. Mr. Trump has blasted illegal immigration in the past, and called for the importance of border security. Their mission is to keep caravans of Central Americans out.

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

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