US plans to send 800 troops to border as caravan travels through Mexico

Defense secretary expected to sign order as Trump seeks to make fear of immigrants a top election issue

The Trump administration is planning to dispatch at least 800 active duty troops to the southern border at the direction of a president who has sought to transform fears about immigration into electoral gains in the midterms as a caravan of thousands of migrants makes its way through Mexico.

The US defense secretary, Jim Mattis, is expected to sign an order sending the troops to the border, bolstering national guard forces already there, an official said Thursday.

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Source: theguardian