With the mission now set to take place 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. The Department of Homeland Security asked that the Pentagon provide a reserve force that could be called upon to provide "crowd and traffic control" and safeguard Customs and Border Protection personnel at the US- Mexico border. The military didn't like that proposal, however, and DHS didn't include it in its final request to the Pentagon about what it hoped troops would do.
"What I don't want is these people throwing rocks".
"Barbed wire looks like it's going to be very effective, too, with soldiers standing in front of it", Trump, who considers the approaching caravans an "invasion" said at a rally in Cleveland on Monday.
Trump walked back his comments hours after making them. But the military declined to do that too, and it's now unclear who - if anyone - will do it.
Army Col. Robert Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, said troops do not qualify for the special pay unless they are on duty "in foreign areas, designated as such because of wartime conditions, civil war, civil insurrection, or terrorism".
Experts, though, say the Pentagon's resistance to the requests makes sense.
"While DHS has discussed the need for potential assistance with force protection of CBP personnel, calling this line of support "law enforcement activities" would be factually inaccurate", the DHS official said.
Pentagon spokesperson Colonel Rob Manning said on Monday that the Department was now considering the deployment of some 7,000 troops in total, although he acknowledged that it will depend on the needs of the border security forces who are responsible for the operation. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. Then-President George H.W. Bush invoked the Insurrection Act to enforce the law because he deemed it impossible for other law enforcement to do so. Where a week ago there was an empty field, there's now at least 300 troops. They shouldn't have any interactions with individuals at the border unless absolutely necessary.
Manning noted that DHS had requested that active duty troops, rather than reservists - who usually partake in operations on USA soil - for this operation.
It's therefore possible the military pushed back on DHS's two requests on exclusively legal grounds.