President Trump has called for the caravan to turn back and has asked for Mexico's help. Reports indicate that it is still moving north setting up the potential for a meeting at the U.S. border.
Roughly 5,200 U.S. troops will be deploying to the southern border in response to the migrant caravan pushing north through Mexico, U.S. officials told Fox News on Monday.
Some of the troops will be deploying as early as Tuesday. The reinforcements headed to the U.S.-Mexico border are support troops – not combat troops – and will include engineers, as well as aviation and medical personnel.
A U.S. official initially put the estimate at 5,000 troops Monday before another official raised the number to 5,200. The U.S. Air Force plans to airlift in 400 additional Border Patrol personnel as well.
The troop deployment, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, had been expected after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis approved the request last week. But the number of troops is far higher than initial estimates.