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    Pentagon Declines Trump Admin's Request to Build Detention Facilities – Reports

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    Reuters reported, citing US officials, that the draft request was part of the Mexico border mission. The supposed request was made at the time when a migrant caravan of mostly Central American asylum-seekers are heading to the US in the hope to cross into the country.

    The US military has declined a draft request from the Trump administration to build migrant detention facilities as a part of the Mexican border mission, according to US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to Reuters.

    The officials' disclosure notably illustrates a certain tension within the White House over using military resources to step up security at the border against undocumented immigrants, which was highly prioritized in President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

    Last week, there emerged reports that over 7,000 troops would be deployed to the border with Mexico as a caravan of Central American migrants approaches the US' state of Texas. However, on November 3, the Pentagon rejected a request from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), fully backed by Donald Trump, to deploy troops that would act as "emergency law enforcemen" to the Mexico/US border.

    Trump has consistently threatened to send soldiers to the Mexico border, declaring that a rapidly-escalating immigration danger exists as lawmakers stump for candidates ahead of the upcoming US 2018 midterm elections, according to CNN.

    READ MORE: Two Migrants From Caravan Detained in Mexico on Murder, Drug Trafficking Charges

    During a Thursday speech from the White House, the president offered the possibility that soldiers would fire live weapons at migrants if they were seen to throw rocks. Trump asserted that rocks are comparable to guns, while claiming that the migrant caravan — containing some 3000 extremely poor Central Americans — was an "invasion" of America, according to the Washington Post.

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