Oct 25, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Pentagon to send 800 more troops to U.S.-Mexico border

Silhouettes of people marching in a caravan before a pink and blue dark sky.

Photo: Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images

The Department of Defense is expected to send 800 additional troops to the United States-Mexico border as a caravan of Central American migrants travels through Mexico to reach the U.S., CNN reports.

The big picture: Though the caravan is still more than 1,000 miles away from the border, the additional troops are expected to be in place next week to add fencing and walls in an attempt to secure potential crossing points. The news comes after President Trump tweeted Thursday morning that he'd be "bringing out the military for this National Emergency."

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