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Barbed Wire Is Seen Going Up at U.S.-Mexico Border

As a first wave of caravan migrants arrived in Mexico City on Sunday, American troops have been working to secure parts of the southern barrier, as photos show

On Saturday during one of his raucous rallies — as voting in the 2018 midterms wraps up Tuesday — President Donald Trump told the people of Montana that barbed wire could be “beautiful.”

He said that “barbed wire, used properly, can be a beautiful sight.”

He was talking about protecting our country from those who aim to storm the borders in an illegal attempt to set foot here and somehow instantly enjoy all of the many benefits of legal, tax-paying Americans citizens — simply because these individuals from other countries choose to and think they deserve this.

And now, United States troops as well as Customs and Border Protection officers “have been working to secure sections of the Texas-Mexico border, in part by laying down barbed-wire fencing, as new photos show,” and as Fox News is reporting very early on Monday morning.

“The protection reportedly includes roughly 1,000 feet of fencing along the Rio Grande,” said the Fox News report.

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“The barrier was installed near the Hidalgo Texas Port of Entry, underneath the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge, which crosses the river from Texas into Mexico. A Border Patrol spokesperson said the fencing was being used as part of ‘necessary preparations’ as four caravans, which have grown to include some 12,000 Central American migrants in all, head toward the U.S. border.”

Indeed, these four caravans currently are traveling inside Mexico, totaling some 12,000 Central American migrants, as a separate Fox News report indicated on Sunday and as other outlets have noted.

Last week, the Trump administration ordered the deployment of thousands of active-duty U.S. troops to support Customs and Border Protection agents in three states — Texas, Arizona and California — in response to the caravans.

The president also indicated last week that the number of troops deployed for this cause could reach 15,000, although the Pentagon put the number at 7,000 for now.

As of this past Thursday, the first 100 active-duty troops arrived at the U.S.-Mexican border to provide support, a Defense Department official told Fox News on Thursday evening.

The troops were doing initial assessments at the port of entry in McAllen, Texas.

Last week, the Trump administration ordered the deployment of thousands of active-duty U.S. troops to support Customs and Border Protection agents in three states — Texas, Arizona and California — in response to the caravans.

The official also said there were about 2,600 troops at staging bases, mostly in Texas, with several thousand more expected to flow in this past weekend and move into California and Arizona.

The troops heading for the border areas of Texas, Arizona and California are a small fraction of the nation’s roughly 1.3 million active-duty service members.

This dedicated mission has been set to last only 45 days.

Separately, the first Central American migrants from one of the caravans arrived on Sunday in Mexico City, Reuters reported —  and has taken up temporary shelter at a sports stadium. That is roughly 500 miles from the closest border crossings in Texas.

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