Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will travel to the U.S.-Mexico border Wednesday amid continued questions on cost and whether the caravan’s shifting destination may mean changes for the majority of troops now in Texas.
In the last several days, the thousands of men, women and children migrating by foot and truck northward through Mexico have turned toward California instead of Texas. The caravan has reached as far as Guadalajara, Mexico, which is about 1,100 miles from the U.S. border checkpoint between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, and about 500 miles from McAllen, Texas, where thousands of U.S. troops have amassed and set up barriers of cement and concertina wire.
Mattis’ trip also comes amid reports from The Washington Post that President Donald Trump was set to remove Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen from the position in favor of someone who will take a harder line on immigration. . .
Soldiers of the 62nd Engineer Battalion, @forthood, install concertina wire along the top of the Arizona-Mexico border wall as part of @Norad_Northcom's support to @DHSgov and @CBP. #CBP #BorderSecurity pic.twitter.com/sQlKSF58oc
— U.S. Army North (@USArmyNorth) November 10, 2018
Check out the latest imagery on @DeptofDefense support to @DHSgov & @CBP along the Southwest Border. #BorderSecurity For more photos & videos of our support, go to: https://t.co/QTQpuA08hg pic.twitter.com/yQ1wDD3VjR
— NORAD & USNORTHCOM (@Norad_Northcom) November 13, 2018
“We meet daily on this issue and coordinate amongst us. The first thing briefed is ‘what is the threat against the border’ …. right now there’s no change on that mission set,” Mattis said. (Read more from “Mattis to Visit Troops at Border” HERE)