The U.S. military has officially been mobilized. More than 5,200 active duty troops have been given orders to man the southern border with Mexico. Every soldier will have made it to their post by the end of the week, fulfilling their role in what has been titled Operation Faithful Patriot.
“The U.S. military will send more than 5,200 active duty troops to the southern border with Mexico by the end of the week, the Defense Department announced Monday,” The Hill reports.
This first deployment “is just the start of the operation; we’ll continue to adjust the numbers,” According to General Terrence O’Shaughnessy. Operation Faithful Patriot will feature the “flow in [of] our military with a priority to build up southern Texas, and then Arizona, and then California. . . . to harden the points of entry and address key gaps in areas around the points of entry.”
These troops will provide support to the thousands in active U.S. forces already on the border. There are already thousands of border patrol agents that have been dealing with the southern border crisis as part of Operation Secure Line. In addition, over 2,000 National Guard troops were deployed in April of this year as part of Operation Guardian Support.
By O’Shaughnessy’s calculation, “as we sit right here today we have about 800 soldiers that are on their way to Texas right now.” The soldiers will also be well equip with gear and arms. “We have the authority, given to us by Secretary Mattis — the units that are normally assigned weapons, they are, in fact, deploying with weapons,” he said.
The mobilization of the military came at the request of President Trump, directly in response to the caravan of migrant invaders that are barreling towards the U.S. border. The President is prioritizing the safety and security of the American people, and believes the latest developments have made it necessary to deploy these troops to the southern border with Mexico.
“The president’s number one job and number one priority is to protect the safety and security of Americans and he’s going to do what he deems necessary to in order to do that,” White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders explained.