President Donald Trump told supporters at a Montana rally on Saturday that the barbed wire installed by active-duty troops deployed to the U.S. -Mexico border this week was "beautiful". The caravan, estimated at about 3,500 people, is now hundreds of miles away and would take at least six weeks to reach the border.
"The Caravans are made up of some very tough fighters and people", he tweeted October 31.
On Friday night, Veracruz governor Miguel Ángel Yunes offered bus rides to the country's capital, however he quickly rescinded the offer, blaming maintenance work on Mexico City's water supply which he said left 7 million people without water over the weekend. "Mexican soldiers hurt, were unable or unwilling to stop Caravan".
General Terrence O'Shaughnessy, the head of U.S. Northern Command, which is overseeing the deployment, told reporters last week that there were no plans at the moment for the U.S. military to build lodging for migrants. And shooting someone over throwing a rock is definitely not proportional.
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This weekend, US troops continued to work along the border with Mexico, ostensibly to protect the United States from what President Trump has called an illegal immigrant invasion. They're going to be very nice. "I didn't say shoot". DOD is also providing some medical support. They do that with us, they're going to be arrested, there are going to be problems. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.
Trump has said of the immigrant caravan, among other things, "It's like an invasion". "We are absolutely in support of [Customs and Border Patrol]". But the Pentagon rejected that request in late October in part because it felt active-duty troops don't have the legal authority to arrest individuals on United States soil.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, speaking to Fox News last week, said DHS had asked for air, engineering, logistics and planning support, as well as vehicle barriers and "ways in which we can protect my officers and agents, as well as the ports of entry themselves".
The request was turned down because the Department of Defense felt that active duty troops do not have the authority to conduct that type of mission unless they are granted additional authorities by the President.