Military troops install miles of fencing along US-Mexico border at the Rio Grande river as Trump prepares for migrant caravan ‘invasion’ from Central America

Monday, November 19, 2018
By Paul Martin

Soldiers began to install concertina wire and fencing along a stretch of the Rio Grande river in Texas as Donald Trump prepares for the migrant ‘invasion’
Around 100 troops, based in Fort Knox, Kentucky have started to work on the fence for three days
The fencing is designed to corral would-be asylum seekers towards organized points of entry into the US, according to a lieutenant in charge
Trump created a media whirlwind by sounding the alarm about the migrant caravans before the November 6 elections

By LEAH MCDONALD
DAILYMAIL.COM
19 November 2018

Soldiers are beginning to install concertina wire and fencing along a stretch of the Rio Grande river in southwest Texas as Donald Trump prepares for the migrant ‘invasion’ from Central America.

Around 100 or so American troops from the 19th Engineer Battalion, based in Fort Knox, Kentucky have started to work on the fence for three days.

The soldiers are in Laredo, a busy border town overlooking a stretch of the Rio Grande river in southwest Texas, carrying out controversial orders from President Donald Trump.

He sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants traveling through Mexico and towards the US.

This move was decried by critics as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month.

Before the election Trump called the matter a national emergency and warned that so-called migrant caravans were an ‘invasion’ with ‘some very bad thugs and gang members’.

So far at least, the most visible aspect of Trump’s deployment is the fence, a visible deterrent and physical obstacle to migrants, designed to corral would-be asylum seekers towards organized points of entry into the US.

Over the weekend, Lieutenant Alan Koepnick’s platoon could be seen stringing concertina wire, which is built to snag clothing, along one edge of a quiet riverside park near downtown Laredo.

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