President Trump on Wednesday said that the number of military troops deployed to the southern US border could be as high as 15,000 - more than the 14,000 deployed in Afghanistan - as he vowed not to allow people from the "very dangerous" caravan to enter the country.
"Nobody is coming in. We're not allowing people to come in," said Trump.
Speaking with reporters at the White House, Trump said "we’ll go up to anywhere between 10 and 15,000 military personnel on top of Border Patrol, ICE and everybody else at the border," adding that the Untied States is "going to be prepared" and that migrants are "not coming into our country."
TRUMP: "We’ll go up to anywhere between 10 and 15,000 military personnel on top of Border Control, ICE, and everybody else at the border. Nobody’s coming in. We’re not allowing people to come in.” pic.twitter.com/jwId3zSjN6— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) October 31, 2018
There are approxiamtely 2,100 National Guard members currently helping at the border, while the Pentagon last said that 5,200 active-duty troops could join them.
The US has 14,000 troops in Afghanistan. President Trump just said, before leaving for Florida, that troop deployment to the border may go up to 10,000 to 15,000. #MigrantCaravan— Cordelia Lynch (@CordeliaSkyNews) October 31, 2018