SAN DIEGO – As thousands of immigrants in a caravan of Central American asylum seekers converge on the threshold of…
SAN DIEGO – As thousands of immigrants in a caravan of Central American asylum seekers converge on the threshold of the United States, what they can not find are armed US troops who are guarding.
Instead, they will see that cranes install high levels of metal bars and troops that set up grid grids around barriers while military helicopters fly over their heads and transport border pills to and from places along the US-Mexico border.
That is why US military forces are prohibited from carrying out law enforcement.
In addition, the majority of the troops in Texas ̵
1; hundreds of miles away from the caravan that started arriving this week in Tijuana on Mexico’s border with California after going hitching rides during the past month.
Still, for many immigrant barriers and barbed wire was an impressive power force.
Angel Ulloa was standing on the Tijuana beach where a wall of metal rods over 20 meters high clipped the sandy sands and thrown into the Pacific Ocean. He saw as herds on American side-placed coils of barbed wire on top.
Workers put a concert thread on the border structure separating Mexico and the United States where the border meets the Pacific, Friday, November 16, 2018. (Marco Ugarte / AP)
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A border police agent carrying camouflage and armed with an assault rifle – part of a tactical device used when there is an elevated threat – went to the sand below where the men worked. A small border patrol boat turned offshore.
“It’s too much security to confront humble people who just want to work,” said Ulloa, a 23-year-old electrician from Choloma, Honduras, who joined the caravan to try his first trip to the United States
Now , he and his two friends rethought their plans. They tried to apply for a job at a Wal-Mart in Tijuana but were told they needed a Mexican work permit. So, are they considering seeking asylum in Mexico but being unsure about giving up their dream of earning dollars.
“We are still checking things out,” he said.
Marines installs concert councils above as pedestrians leave the United States of Mexico at San Ysidro Gate on Friday, November 16, 2018 in San Diego. (Gregory Bull / AP)
On Friday people crossed one of the world’s busiest border crossings to Mexico by a pair of marineists on a 20-foot lift that installed razors over a turntable.
Nearby Army Sgt. Eric Zeigler stood the guard with another soldier. Both were military police officers who were meant to protect the marines when they were working.
The 24-year-old Pittsburgh soldier spent nine months in Afghanistan. “” It’s very different over there, of course. It is much more dangerous, Zeigler said.
He said he was surprised when he received his distribution orders sending him to the US-Mexico border.
“But I’m glad to go where I need”
The US military has deployed 5,800 active troops to the US-Mexico border.
So far, no more is expected, despite President Donald Trump’s first assessment. that 10,000 to 15,000 were necessary to secure the limit of what he called “invasion” of immigrants. Most of the thousands of caravans are families, including hundreds of children.
Another 2100 national security forces have also been deployed since April as part of a separate mission. Like the military forces, they are not allowed to imprison illegal cruisers. Instead, they have monitored cameras and helped build up barriers.
Of the 5,800 soldiers and navy men, there are more than 2,800 in Texas, while about 1,500 are in Arizona and another 1,300 are in California. All US military branches, except for the Coast Guard, are excluded from performing law enforcement measures.
This means there will be no visible display of armed troops, says Army Maj. Scott McCullough adds that the mission is to provide support for customs and border protection.
“Soldiers who set up wires on the border and obstacles at the ports will be most visible,” he said.
Marines and soldiers share the same mission in California and Arizona. These include the construction of tents, setting up showers and arranging meals for troops working on the border and assigning the military police to protect them.
There are no tents or camps set up for immigrants, McCullough said. Medics is at hand to treat troops and border patrolmen – not immigrants – for cuts, bruises and other problems.
Opponents – whose tasks on the battlefield include creating tactical obstacles to prevent the enemy from moving freely – utilizes their string barrier skills on boundary walls and repeats temporary fences, McCullough said.
Building engineers have been assigned welding together obstacles and moving freight containers to serve as walls.
Members of the US Army install multi-level concert councils along the Rio Grande beach near the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge at the US-Mexico border, Friday, November 16, 2018, in Laredo, Texas. (Eric Gay / AP)
In Laredo, Texas, about 100 soldiers have installed three layers of razors along the Rio Grande, working on the banks during the day and on the bridges at night to minimize interference with cross-border traffic.
Current mission is scheduled to end December 15 for now. It is unclear how much it will cost and military leaders have refused to give an estimate.
Critics have questioned the wisdom of using the military on the border where there is no noticeable security risk. Since the election on November 6th, Trump said little about the matter and no border area has arisen.
Some border areas fear barricades will scare Mexican shoppers. The city council in Nogales, Arizona, slashed a proposed bonus for all employees in half of concern about how the military presence would affect its sales tax revenues after the military shut off two lanes at its border crossing.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis defended the deployment during a Texas visit border this week, claiming that in some way it provides good education for war.
Suyapa Reyes, 35, said she was surprised why she should be seen as a threat. Reyes, her mother, 12-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son left Honduras with the caravan on October 13, fleeing from violence and poverty in her hometown Olanchito de Oro.
She does not want to return after coming so far but if she can not get asylum and the border looks too dangerous to cross, she said she has no other choice.
“I will not risk my life or security or the risks of my children
Associated Press Author Astrid Galvan in Phoenix contributed to this report.
This story corrects the spelling of Army Sgt Eric Zeigler surname. It is Zeigler, not Ziegler.