Jessie ----
by on November 20, 2018
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Why not? We don't know what diseases they are carrying, and most likely aren't vaccinated. Today the Trump Administration is considering giving U.S. troops on the border with Mexico the authority to carry out medical screening of migrants. But this plan is still in the draft stage and would involve the military in screenings for things like illness and injury only if U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency personnel were overwhelmed and unable to do so on their own.
This would expand the mission for the Pentagon, which said previously it did not expect its forces to directly interact with migrants.
Other US military duties at the border include stringing up concertina wire and building temporary housing, have been aimed at supporting CBP personnel. Since Trump hasn't signed off on the plan yet, it was unclear if the proposal, if confirmed in the coming days, might prolong the deployment of at least some troops at the border.
Currently there are about 6,000 Central Americans that have reached the Mexican border cities of Tijuana and Mexicali, according to local officials. More bands of migrants are making their way toward Tijuana, with around 10,000 expected.
But inTijuana, and other legal points of entry, CBP officers are trained to check migrants and travelers for obvious signs of infectious conditions, like fever, bleeding from the eyes or other symptoms of "quarantinable and communicable diseases." U.S. troops would carry out medical screenings only if other officials, such as from state and local governments or the National Guard, were not available or overwhelmed.
Also today, there was a possibility that Trump would give the troops the go ahead to protect immigration agents stationed along the U.S. border with Mexico if they come under threat from migrants seeking to cross into the United States.
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