The US military is preparing to deploy hundreds of additional troops to the southern US border to prevent thousands of Central American-bound migrants from entering the United States.
“I am sending the military for this national emergency. They will be arrested!” Said US President Donald Trump in a message posted Thursday morning on Twitter.
Trump did not give details, but government sources quoted by CNN and news agencies say 800 to 1,000 troops will be deployed to help border guards.
In particular, they would be asked to help organize logistics and infrastructure along the border, particularly at the crossings most likely to be crossed by migrants.
According to CNN, the soldiers will be deployed next week, but it is unclear whether they will be regular army troops or National Guard reservists.
About 2100 National Guard members have been deployed by the president last April in four border states, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
The president made his decision after clashing with Congress’s refusal to fund the wall he promised to build along the Mexican border during the 2016 election campaign.
On Monday, Trump had previously said he had alerted border guards and the army, as the 7,000 to 10,000-strong column, made up mostly of Hondurans fleeing violence, poverty and corruption, represented a “national emergency. “.
But a Pentagon spokesman later said that no request for reinforcement had been made.
The subject of migrants has returned in force in the American news in the run-up to the mid-term elections, on November 6, Republicans believing they can use it to score points against the Democrats.
In the preamble to his tweet sent early in the day, President Trump did not fail to point out that “the laws adopted by the Democrats make it difficult for us to stop people at the border.”