Troops Rushed To Border To Guard Against Caravan Leaving Before Migrants Arrive

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, walk along the metal fence on the border between Mexicali in Mexico's Baja California State, and C... Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, walk along the metal fence on the border between Mexicali in Mexico's Baja California State, and Calexico, in California, US, on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by Pedro PARDO / AFP) (Photo credit should read PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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November 20, 2018 8:32 a.m.

The 5,800 primarily active duty troops who were rushed to the U.S.-Mexico border to guard against a impending caravan of migrants from Honduras — a move that’s been widely viewed as a midterms stunt by President Trump — are leaving the border before the supposed caravan even arrives, Politico reported. 

The first round of troops will be sent home this week, Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan told Politico Monday. Those service members came from engineering and logistical units that helped put up wire to secure parts of the border. All troops will be sent home by Dec. 15, Buchanan told Politico.

The service members were deployed just before the midterm elections after Trump demanded that the military deployment include more troops than just the National Guard. Buchanan confirmed previous reports that the military had to reject the Department of Homeland Security’s request to send armed troops to the border in case of conflict with the approaching caravan.

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