Senior DOD Official: Three Migrant Caravans Headed to U.S., One with 12,000

There are three migrant caravans headed to the United States’ southern border with Mexico, according to top Pentagon official John Rood.

Rood testified to the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that one of the caravans contains over 12,000 migrants.

“Current information shows that a caravan of over 12,000 people — there’s three that we are tracking, that the DHS is tracking en route, one that is over 12,000 by the latest estimate,” said Rood, who is the under secretary of Defense for policy.

Rood said there are currently more than 2,300 active duty troops at the southern border, down from a high of 5,900 in November.

But he says several thousands more active duty troops are expected to head to the border in the coming weeks, to assist the Department of Homeland Security with laying down more concertina wire, and helping to monitor the border between points of entry.

Democrats, who now control the House, called Pentagon officials in to testify on President Trump’s order of active duty troops to the border in October, which they have called a political stunt by the White House before midterm election.

But defense officials testified that it was the Pentagon — not the White House — decided that active duty troops were able to deploy faster and were better resourced to deal with the caravans headed to the border than National Guard and reserve forces.

“That was a decision made inside the Department,” said Navy Adm. Michael Gilday, the director for operations of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Democrat lawmakers also questioned whether there was a crisis that necessitated the deployment of troops, when the number of illegal immigrants coming across the border have been higher in previous years.

“The difference is really the caravans and really the nature of the asylum seekers,” Rood said.

Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-TX) agreed. “One of the things that changed is that now we have thousands, and tens of thousands of migrants who are coming in caravans which we have not seen before,” he said.

“The days when we had a greater number of people — but most of them were from Mexico, and you could simply put them back across the border — are very different from these large family groups, 10, 12,000 people coming. So yes, it changed the requirements,” he added.

“We have 42 percent increase in the number of family units. We have 60,000 unaccompanied children that were caught last year,” Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) added. “I’m a former teacher and a mom, this is a humanitarian crisis.”

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) noted that administrations have been sending active duty troops to the U.S. border with Mexico “since Alamo.”

“I’m just astounded by the fact that we continue to act stupid in Congress and fuss over things like $5.7 billion in fencing, and it cost us $11 billion dollars to shut the government down,” he said.

According to Rood, the projected costs for the active duty deployments by the end of January is $132 million. He said the costs for the National Guard deployment for 2018 and 2019 to amount to $550 million.

But Rood said that even with the troop deployments, illegal immigrants were still coming across the border.

“Just in the last three months alone, CBP reports apprehending 145,000 illegal immigrants,” Rood said.

He said last year, there were more than 521,000 apprehensions by law enforcement, with a larger amount of people not apprehended. He said that was up from 415,000 the year before.

“In the last two years alone, a larger number than the population of Washington, D.C. have been apprehended, or a city the size of San Francisco, apprehensions in two years,” he said.

Reps. Hartzler and Mo Brooks (R-AL) noted that there is existing authority the administration could use to have the military build a border barrier without declaring a national emergency, through Section 284 of Title 10 of the United States Code.

“Congress has actually given the DOD the ability to provide military support to law enforcement agencies specifically for countering the counter-drug purposes. Section 284 of Title 10 of the United States Code authorizes the DOD to provide support to counter drug activities to control the transnational organized crime,” she said.

“The law clearly identifies various activities that DOD is authorized to conduct including the construction of road and construction of fences. Light installation along smuggling corridors, aerial, ground reconnaissance and transportation,” she said.

Rood responded that Hartzler was correct.

“As you correctly point out, Section 284 of Title 10 does provide the secretary of defense the authority in performance of that counter drug mission such as blocking drug smuggling corridors to erect barriers, fencing, provide road construction things of that nature to aid in that counternarcotics mission,” he said.

“We have already given the authority to do this and we have a very critical mission to keep people safe and make sure that people don’t die as a result of these transnational drug cartel activity and currently they are. So it’s imperative for us to find a solution, and I’m very hopeful that in the next three weeks we can come together in a bipartisan fashion,” Hartzler added.

Brooks also pressed Rood on whether the Pentagon would carry out an order by Trump to build necessary barriers if he ordered them to pursuant to Section 284 without declaring a national emergency.

“If we judge it to be a lawful order, yes sir, and I assume it would be,” Rood said.

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Report: Liberals Developing New Phraseology To Hype “Climate Change”…

Via Newsbusters: Remember “Global Warming?” Well, after a few years of usage ending in a lot of mockery when it didn’t appear to happen due to a “pause,” that phrase was quickly replaced by liberals by the more general “Climate Change.” However, don’t get too used to that term since it will soon be ditched […]

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Texas Landowner Willing To Give Up Land For Border Wall

Talk about skin in the game… Via KGBT: As the government continues to negotiate funding for border security, one landowner said he’s willing to give up some of his property, if it means keeping smugglers from crossing over. Ruperto Escobar, 75, lives in the small town of Escobares, just outside of Rio Grande City and […]

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California Has Mismanaged Its Veterans Home Properties, Audit Finds

Veterans thrown under the Moonbeam bullet train. Via Stars and Stripes: California has “mismanaged” properties where its state-run veterans homes are located, failing to charge market rents to private users and shortchanging programs that should benefit from the leases, a state audit concluded Tuesday. The head of the California Department of Veterans Affairs agreed with […]

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U.S. Combats Child Marriage Abroad, Grants Thousands of Spousal Visas for Immigrant Kids

U.S. Combats Child Marriage Abroad, Grants Thousands of Spousal Visas for Immigrant KidsWhile the U.S. government advances policies to prevent child marriage in foreign countries it approves thousands of petitions filed by Americans seeking spouse or fiancé visas for children born abroad. In the last decade more than 8,500 petitions for spousal entry into the U.S. involved minors, according to government figures included in a Senate Homeland Security report (How the U.S. Immigration System Encourages Child Marriages) released this month.

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California Doctor Gives Weed Cookies To A Hyper Four-Year-Old Boy, Loses License

A California doctor has been stripped of his license after giving a four-year-old boy some marijuana cookies in order to control the child’s temper tantrums. According to the BBC, Dr. William Eidelman, a natural medicine physician, misdiagnosed the boy with having bipolar disorder and attention deficit disorder (ADD).

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Judicial Watch Sues DOJ For Records of Former FBI Counsel James Baker’s Communications With Christopher Steele

James Baker (L), Christopher Steele (R)

Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced Wednesday it filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice for all records of communications between former FBI general counsel James Baker and Russia dossier author Christopher Steele.

Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit after it initially tried to obtain the records by filing a FOIA request in January of 2018.

The FBI claimed it had no such records, however, in a testimony to the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight Committee in October of 2018, James Baker admitted to Congressional lawmakers that he indeed received a copy of the Russia dossier.

James Baker told Republican lawmakers that David Corn, a reporter at the ultra radical left-wing Mother Jones magazine had given him a copy of the phony Russia dossier just one day after Donald Trump won the presidential election.

Mr. Baker also testified that he believed David Corn received the dossier from Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson.

James Baker was also involved in the FBI’s sham investigation into Hillary’s emails and private server.

“The real collusion scandal of the 2016 election is the effort by the Clinton campaign and the Obama DOJ/FBI to spy on and destroy President Donald Trump,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. “And it looks like the FBI is covering up documents on this Russiagate scandal, which is why Judicial Watch is again in federal court.”

Mr. Baker left his position as general counsel in January 2018 then resigned from the FBI in May of 2018 — the same day FBI lawyer Lisa Page turned in her resignation.

Baker gave two testimonies to Congressional lawmakers in October of 2018 in an unclassified setting and the transcripts of his testimonies still have not been released to the public despite efforts by Republicans going through the proper channels to make the transcripts public.

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WATCH: Democratic VA Governor Endorses Murder Of Born-Alive Infants

And Northem later clarified he was in fact talking about doing away with babies who were born with severe deformities. That’s infanticide. Via Daily Wire: On Wednesday, in a shocking revelation about the nature of the pro-abortion Democratic Party, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, a supposed moderate, endorsed the notion that a woman should be able […]

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Antifa Leader Arrested On Assault, ‘Ethnic Intimidation’ Charges For Attack On Marines

A former leader of "Antifa" and an organizer for "Smash Racism DC" — the group that was briefly running Trump Administration officials and allies out of Washington, D.C. restuarants, was arrested and charged this week for an assault on two Marines that included "ethnic intimidation."

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