Graphic toont details van de grenstroepen en de migrantenroutes.


VS stuurt 5.200 troepen naar Mexicaanse grens

October 30, 2018 - Het Pentagon stuurt een troepenmacht van 5.200 man naar de Amerikaans-Mexicaanse grens in antwoord op de verwachte aankomst van groepen migranten uit Centraal-Amerika, die noordwaarts naar de regio trekken.

General Terrence O’Shaughnessy, the head of U.S. Northern Command, said 800 troops were already en route to the Texas border and 5,200 would be headed to the southwest region by week’s end. Some of the troops will be armed. Three helicopters will be deployed and enough razor wire will be made available to cover 250km of the border

O’Shaughnessy said the military would work alongside U.S. Customs and Border Protection to shore up the border beginning in Texas, followed by Arizona and California. The troops will join the more than 2,000 National Guardsmen that U.S. President Donald Trump has already deployed to the border.

A 4,000-strong caravan of mostly Honduran migrants, who left their country in mid-October, is moving through southern Mexico towards the U.S. border. A second group of migrants has since arrived at Guatemala’s border with Mexico, and a third caravan has left El Salvador.

PUBLISHED: 30/10/2018; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Associated Press