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Migrant caravan swells to 14,000 as most Guard troops on border are unarmed

(TNSShowdown: The migrant caravan trekking towards the United States from Central America has grown to more than 14,000 people according to the latest estimate.

As Breitbart News notes, the estimate is based on Mexican media reports:

The Mexican El Universal news outlet is reporting that more than 14,000 Hondurans — not counting people from other countries who are marching toward the United States — are leaving that Central American nation to seek asylum here.

The news outlet reported that “municipal authorities,” the Catholic Diocese in the Mexican city of Tapachula, and the Mexican National Migration Institute (INM) provided the 14,000 figure.

“The first group walked for 37 kilometers from Ciudad Hidalgo to Tapachula on Sunday afternoon and was comprised by 5,333 children, women and men,” El Universal noted.

POTUS Donald Trump’s administration has been working through diplomatic channels south of the border in an effort to get Mexico to do more to stop the migrant columns.




He has called the situation a “national emergency” and has vowed to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border by deploying the military if need be.

Along those lines, some forces have already been deployed, but they’re not suited for the kind of duty the president would require.

Most of the 2,100 National Guard troops currently deployed to help boost border security are unarmed, Military Times reports. That’s because they are largely filling logistics roles — running motor pools, doing maintenance and repairs, manning phones, etc. so that the Border Patrol can deploy more badges to the field.

That’s largely due to their orders, Military Times reports:

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.

How the caravan came together so quickly and why its participants believe they’re actually going to get into the United States is a matter for discussion. What isn’t is the president’s duty to protect our country; this is an invasion, plain and simple, and must be treated as one.

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