The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke out Monday against several retired generals who have criticized the recent deployment of active-duty troops to the southwest border, countering that U.S. military leaders are following a “legal order” from President Donald Trump.
On Oct. 31, the Pentagon announced it would deploy roughly 5,200 active-duty troops to support Operation Faithful Patriot, a mission to reinforce U.S. Customs and Border Patrol in its effort to stop a large “caravan” of migrants approaching the United States from Central America.
In response, several high-ranking, retired U.S. generals criticized the use of active-duty forces as wasteful and unnecessary, The Washington Post reported.
“There is no plan for U.S. military forces to be involved in the actual mission denying people entry to the United States,” he said. “There is no plan for soldiers to come in contact with immigrants or to reinforce Department of Homeland Security as they are conducting their mission.