Extra Troops At The Border Could Cost $220 Million

Army soldiers from Ft. Riley Kansas install protective wire along the Rio Grande at the U.S.-Mexico border on Nov. 2 2018

More than 5,000 troops stationed along the U.S. -Mexico border will not receive additional compensation for working in a unsafe environment, known as "danger pay", a Pentagon official said Tuesday.

Active duty United States troops are barred from domestic law enforcement unless there is an emergency, but President Donald Trump has repeatedly raised the prospect of having troops enforce the border as he campaigns hard on the dangers of immigration in the final days before the midterm elections.

The general assured his audience that there was "no plan for the soldiers to come in with immigrants or to reinforce the Department of Homeland Security as they are conducting their mission".

Nor will troops receive hostile-fire pay, which is given to service members in close proximity to a firefight or exposed to a barrage of fire from an enemy combatant.

"There [have] been a number of three- and four-stars who have publicly said and have used the words "wasteful and inappropriate" and so forth, and they have the luxury of doing that; they are no longer in uniform", Gen. Joseph Dunford told an audience at Duke University during a speaking engagement Monday.

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"Mexico's trying, but I think maybe they could try a little bit harder", he said. The caravan, estimated at about 3,500 people, is now hundreds of miles away and would take at least six weeks to reach the border.

During a Saturday campaign rally in Montana, President Trump said "Mexico is trying, they are trying but we're different, we have our military on the border", adding "And I noticed all that handsome barbed wire going up today".

"The Caravans are made up of some very tough fighters and people", he tweeted October 31.

Soldiers from various Engineering Units install concertina wire November 5, 2018, on the Anzalduas International Bridge, Texas.

The president vowed the forces would block the caravans, which contain thousands of migrants, from entering U.S. turf. Some were very seriously injured, and they were throwing rocks in their face.

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The mission of the Armed Forces, he explained, will be to provide logistical support to agents of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) which monitor the border.

With the mission now set for November 5 through December 15, for a total of 41 days, the cost of deploying 8,000 troops and air support ranges from approximately $42 million to $55 million, according to the CSBA estimate.

Manning also pointed out that soldiers "do not plan to interact with the protesters or migrant" at the border. "We are absolutely in support of [Customs and Border Patrol]".

Manning stressed that the us defense Department will disseminate information about the number of troops deployed on the southwest border.

The units include military police, communications and logistics support, medical personnel, combat engineers, planners, an assault helicopter battalion, and public affairs specialists.

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