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Defense Sec. Mattis to sign order to send at least 800 troops to US-Mexico border

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Defense Secretary James Mattis is expected to sign an order to send at least 800 troops to US-Mexico border.

This news after President Donald Trump says he's "bringing out the military" to address what he's calling a national emergency at the southern border.

The comments in Thursday's tweet come as thousands of Central American migrants continue their caravan trek through Mexico toward the hoped-for, but still far-distant U.S. border.

Trump in his tweet is blaming Democrats for laws he says make it too hard to stop people at the border. He says those trying to enter the U.S. "will be stopped!"

Trump told a rally crowd in Wisconsin on Wednesday that the military was "all set."

The caravan swelled dramatically soon after crossing the Mexico border on Oct. 19. Many of the 4,000 to 5,000 migrants camped overnight under plastic sheeting complained of exhaustion.

Since entering Mexico at its southernmost tip, the group has advanced roughly 95 miles (150 kilometers) as the crow flies - a sliver of the more than 1,000 miles to the U.S. border. The next planned stop is Pijijiapan, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) up the road.

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