US to send up to 15,000 troops to border with Mexico

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Added On November 2, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump said up to 15,000 military personnel could be sent to the southern border with Mexico, to help defend against a caravan of Central American migrants. 
 
Speaking to reporters at the White House on Wednesday, Trump said the number of troops to be deployed at the border "will go up to anywhere between 10 and 15,000 military personnel." 
 
The comments followed a Pentagon announcement earlier this week that about 5,200 troops would be sent to the U.S.-Mexico border to help curb what the president called an "invasion" by Central American migrants.
 
SOUNDBITE (English) DONALD TRUMP, U.S. President
"What's been happening over years is they would come in, release them, and they would never show up for their trial. And we now have 25 or 30 million people in this country illegally, because of what's been happening over many years. So we're not going to allow it, it's dangerous, and it's very unfair to our citizens."
 
Currently, there are 2,100 members of the National Guard helping at the border, and the caravan is still nearly 1,600 kilometers from the border. 
 
As the November midterm elections approach, Trump is trying to double down his hardline stance on the immigration issue.