Trump's border deployment could cost up to $300M

Army soldiers from Ft. Riley Kansas install protective wire along the Rio Grande at the U.S.-Mexico border on Nov. 2 2018

President Donald Trump's decision to deploy USA active duty troops and earlier deployment of National Guard forces to the southern border could cost between $200 million and $300 million, according to an independent analysis and Department of Defense figures on guard deployments.

"There are soldiers on the border putting up concertina wire and reinforcing the points of entry", the chairman said.

The Pentagon said Monday more than 5,100 USA troops are now stationed across the border with Mexico.

But according to documents obtained by Newsweek and the Washington Post, the military says only "a small percentage of the migrants will likely reach the border".

Trump, who has warned of an "invasion" of the thousands of migrants now in Mexico, announced the military deployment last week, saying that up to 15,000 troops could serve in the operation. U.S Northern Command is providing military support to the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to secure the southern border of the United States.

Manning said more than 7,000 active duty troops were expected to "soon" be supporting the Department of Homeland Security. NORTHCOM told Business Insider that some troops are offering planning assistance while others are constructing temporary housing facilities for the military, building barriers to deter vehicles and pedestrians, and going through training.

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Trump stirred controversy last Thursday when he told reporters at the White House that if incoming migrants hurl rocks at the troops, they would be met with fire.

The Pentagon's statement is also aimed at dispelling the notion that the troops will be involved in law enforcement, but will rather be working on projects focused on "hardening" the border.

Military helicopters will take part in the mission, codenamed Operation Faithful Patriot - not to track down migrants, however, but to transport CBP staff to the border.

Manning said only military police would carry weapons and stressed that there were no plans for USA troops to come in contact with protesters or migrants.

When questioned on the cost of the operation on Monday morning Pentagon spokesman Col Rob Manning said, "I don't have a cost estimate for you, the Department will absorb the cost".

As of this past Thursday, the first 100 active-duty troops arrived at the U.S.

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