Pentagon sending thousands of troops to U.S.-Mexico border to stop migrant caravan

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A migrant caravan continues to move toward the U.S. border from Central America.

The Pentagon announced on Monday that they will now send more that 5,000 additional troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, to stop this caravan from entering the country. 

The Pentagon is sending the troops in response to customs and border patrol’s request for reinforcements. 

The deployment is called “Operation Faithful Patriot.”

Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, the commander with the U.S. Northern Command says it will deploy 5,200 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border by the end of the week.

Also saying, “The president has made it clear that border security is national security.”

“Operation Faithful Patriot,” will be a mix of active duty, reserve and National Guard forces.

The two migrant groups in this caravan are coming from Central American countries, and one group is estimated to have about 3,500 people.

The other consists of around 3,000 people. 

The caravan is moving on foot and it’s still hundreds of miles away from the U.S.

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