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Mattis and Company Begin Border Preparations for Migrant Caravan, Roll Out the Welcome Party

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When President Donald Trump said the migrant caravans headed for the U.S. border were not getting in, he was serious.

Working with Defense Secretary James Mattis, Trump said he was sending troops to the southern border to help ensure that — and may still send more.

And he let the whole country know exactly where he stood.

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What began as one migrant caravan has now grown into four, according to a New York Times report on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security released a report on what is known about some of the individuals in the leading caravan and the news was horrifying.

There are more than 270 known criminals and gang members in the caravan, according to the DHS report.

There is good reason for Trump to get Mattis & Co. involved in securing the border.

More than 5,000 soldiers sent to the border have been busy putting up concertina wire in anticipation of the caravans, whose journeys have been marked by violence.

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According to the New York Post a Border Patrol spokesman said, by email, that “the fencing was part of ‘necessary preparations’ for the caravans.” The troops have been working with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents in securing the border.

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They have worked together along the Texas side of the Rio Grande River to put in approximately 1,000 feet of fencing along the river and under the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge at McAllen, Texas.

While approximately 1,000 soldiers are deployed to the area, according to Fox News, Trump has said he’ll send more, 15,000, if need be, to stop the caravans and secure the border.

Some believe troop deployment is overkill. Some liberals have even called it a “political stunt.”

Others have made the point that there is no reason the troops can’t protect the U.S.A. just as they protect other countries.

The New York Post wrote that in addition to the barbed wire, there was more to the “welcoming committee” for the migrants. Troops are being stationed at outposts from Texas to California.

The U.S. military exists to defend the borders of the United States.

And when Trump said he was willing to use the military to do just that in the face of the caravans, he meant it.

Defense Secretary Mattis and his crew are uniquely qualified to carry that out.

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