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A showdown has been looming for some time on our southern border, with a caravan of South American migrants trudging through Mexico on their way to the U.S.

And, as of late this week, they have arrived.

The caravan , which is comprised mainly of Hondurans who are fleeing their nation’s horrific conditions, at one point planned to move into America as soon as they arrived on the border, but President Trump had other plans.

The Pentagon said Thursday it is establishing a new “border security support cell” that will be manned 24 hours a day after President Trump ordered the military to help secure the southern border.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said Trump authorized the National Guard to “enhance its support” for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection along the border.

“This is not business as usual,” White said.

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She said their efforts will include aviation, engineer, surveillance, communications, vehicle maintenance and logistics support.

“They will support border patrol agents who are performing law enforcement duties,” White said.

This strategic move forced the caravan’s organizers into providing some lip service to the President, claiming that they would no longer be pushing onward as an cohesive group.  But, as we are now learning, that is not the whole truth.

Nearly 400 refugees from Central America who have moved in a “caravan” through Mexico to the U.S. border have gathered in Tijuana, where many plan to seek asylum in America.

“Shelters in Tijuana’s Zona Norte neighborhood, home to the many of the city’s seedy bars and bordellos, were full. That forced organizers to look elsewhere for temporary housing, said Leonard Olsen of Pueblos Sin Fronteras, a group leading the effort,” CNBC reports.

The caravan, which started out with 1,500 refugees from Nicaragua, Guatemala, and El Salvador, has been moving through Mexico for the last month, sometimes walking, sometimes on buses and trains. Their movement has drawn a stern response from President Trump, who dispatched the National Guard to the border to prevent them from crossing.

So now the President has a decision to make:  Will be ignore the issue and allow the military positioned on the border to deal with these criminal immigrants, or will he be use this incident as a rallying point to make another push for his oft-promised border wall?

Only time will tell, and, unfortunately, we’ve run out of that precious commodity.

 

 

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