Military troops install miles of fencing along US-Mexico border at the Rio Grande river as President Trump prepares for the migrant caravan ‘invasion’ from Central America.
Temporary but very effective. The fencing is designed to corral would-be asylum seekers towards organized points of entry into the US, according to a lieutenant in charge.
It’s a sad day when putting up “razor wire” on our border is considered a controversial order!
Soldiers are beginning to install concertina wire and fencing along a stretch of the Rio Grande river in southwest Texas as Donald Trump prepares for the migrant ‘invasion’ from Central America.
Around 100 or so American troops from the 19th Engineer Battalion, based in Fort Knox, Kentucky have started to work on the fence for three days.
The soldiers are in Laredo, a busy border town overlooking a stretch of the Rio Grande river in southwest Texas, carrying out controversial orders from President Donald Trump.
He sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants traveling through Mexico and towards the US.
This move was decried by critics as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month.
Before the election Trump called the matter a national emergency and warned that so-called migrant caravans were an ‘invasion’ with ‘some very bad thugs and gang members’.
So far at least, the most visible aspect of Trump’s deployment is the fence, a visible deterrent and physical obstacle to migrants, designed to corral would-be asylum seekers towards organized points of entry into the US.
Over the weekend, Lieutenant Alan Koepnick’s platoon could be seen stringing concertina wire, which is built to snag clothing, along one edge of a quiet riverside park near downtown Laredo.
As families walked dogs, grilled sausages and relaxed, the soldiers mounted the wire, occasionally ripping their camouflaged uniforms on its metal barbs. More
It is so refreshing to see our military in our own country protecting our own borders in this crisis rather than some other foreign country’s border for once. Thank you! The only thing that currently comes between Mexico and Texas is the Rio Grande River and a few overworked border patrol agents.