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Trump: 15K Troops Could Be Sent To Southern Border

October 31, 2018 - 5:45 pm
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WASHINGTON (WCBS 880) -- President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the number of military troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border could be an estimated 15,000.

Trump told White House reporters that he would “go up to anywhere between 10 and 15,000 military personnel on top of Border Patrol, ICE and everybody else at the border.”

The announcement came just hours after a Newsweek report revealed that the Trump administration knew, even before deploying thousands of troops, that only a small percentage of the Central American migrants would actually make it to the southern border.

According to Newsweek investigative reporter James LaPorta, only around 1,400 migrants will actually make it to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Though, he revealed that U.S. military documents are exaggerating the real threat.

“The security of the United States is imperiled by a drastic surge of illegal drugs, dangerous gang activity and expensive illegal immigration which threatens the safety of citizens and undermines the rule of law,” LaPorta quoted from the report.

Trump said again Wednesday that the U.S. was "going to be prepared" and that the migrants are "not coming into our country."

LaPorta then explained that the Trump administration is stressing that the migrant caravan will invade the U.S., but revealed that was not actually the case.

“No, there is no indication that the U.S. is going to be invaded,” LaPorta told WCBS 800. “Especially not buy such a small number.”

Currently there are 2,100 National Guard helping at the border. The Pentagon said an additional 5,200 active-duty troops could join them.

Earlier Wednesday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis pushed back on suggestions to move thousands of active-duty troops.

Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon that the deployment of more than 5,200 troops is based on a request from the Department of Homeland Security. He responded saying, "We don't do stunts in this department."

(© WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)