Debate Over Purpose Of Troops At Southern Border

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 3:06pm
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U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis.

Defense Secretary James Mattis visited the soldiers deployed to the Texas border Wednesday as part of what he called a sincere effort to lock down the border in anticipation of the arriving caravan of migrants now arriving in Tijuana.

President Donald Trump ordered the military to the border just before the midterm elections, which has some observers asking whether it was a publicity stunt. This includes Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who went on CNN's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday and called it just that.

KJZZ's Fronteras Desk senior editor Michel Marizco, has been reporting on the military and Homeland Security buildup, recently spoke with Border Patrol and military officials who say otherwise.

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