Pentagon to send 'several hundred' troops to US-Mexico border, says official

800 more troops to be sent to Mexican border

The National Guard already has about 2,100 troops working along the border, reported Military Times.

President Trump issued another warning to the approaching migrant caravan Thursday; telling the undocumented workers to return to their countries and apply for United States citizenship like "millions of others" across the globe.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, an official within the Trump administration told the Post that the action was one of several measures the White House was considering as the caravan, which is reportedly still 1,000 miles away, approaches.

The order comes as thousands of Central American migrants continue their caravan trek through Mexico toward the hoped-for, but still far-distant US border.

President Donald Trump says he's "bringing out the military" to address what he's calling a national emergency at the southern border.

On Thursday morning, the caravan left Mapastepec, Mexico, about 80 miles from the Mexico-Guatemala border and it isn't expected to reach the United States border for weeks.

The additional troops would provide logistical and other support to the Border Patrol, said the US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a plan that had not been finalized and formally announced.

Numerous migrants are fleeing poverty and insecurity in Honduras, where powerful street gangs rule their turf with brutal violence. It was not immediately clear why active duty forces were chosen, since National Guard troops can perform the same functions.

It's not yet clear from reports if the 800 new troops will be from the National Guard or a different branch of the USA military. When asked about Trump's tweets critical of the caravan and his vows to keep them out, they have generally responded that he should stop attacking them and said they would keep trying to reach the United States.

But Nielsen warned: "This caravan can not come to the United States". "And if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!"

Despite the Trump administration's claims that the migrants are trying to enter "illegally", current US law allows foreign nationals to apply for asylum at a port of entry at the border.

The troops are part of a security operation that is expected to be up and running by October 30. "You're going to see a very secure border", he said.

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