Approximately 1,100 U.S. Marines out of Camp Pendleton in California have orders to prepare to head to the U.S.-Mexico border in support of Operation Faithful Patriot, in advance of the thousands of migrants headed through Mexico toward the United States.
Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 7, made up of logistics and engineering experts, have not been sent just yet but are awaiting positioning directions, Fox 5 News reported on Friday, citing Defense Department sources.
More than 1,000 Camp Pendleton Marines will be sent to the border as part of Operation Faithful Patriot https://t.co/Wwze1vXMOk
— FOX 5 San Diego (@fox5sandiego) November 3, 2018
Last week, Trump said that up to 15,000 troops could be sent to the southern border – which would be more than double the 7,000 troops that are to be stationed there already – in advance of the migrant caravan making its way through Mexico to the United States.
This, after it was announced earlier last week that an additional 5,200 troops would deploy to the border, with 2,000 troops on standby. Such a number of troops is comparable to the number of troops currently deployed to Afghanistan.
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