Troops Install Barbed Wire At Nogales Ports

U.S. Army troops string concertina wire at the border fence east of the Morley pedestrian crossing in Nogales on on Nov. 7, 2018. They're deployed to Arizona as part of Operation Secure Line.(Photo: Rafael Carranza/The Republic)

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NOGALES — U.S. Army troops deployed to the Arizona border began fortifying the Nogales ports of entry this week in anticipation of the potential arrival of a migrant caravan moving northbound through Mexico.

Active-duty soldiers began installing concertina wire in Nogales on Tuesday, as the midterm elections were underway. 

They're working under the command of the 16th Military Police Brigade, which deployed several days ago from Fort Bragg, N.C. to the Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. 

The troops are part of the rebranded Operation Secure Line — formerly known as Operation Faithful Patriot — a 7,000-strong deployment to the Southwestern U.S. border authorized last month at the request of President Donald Trump's administration.

The Trump administration issued the request in response to reports of a large migrant caravan making it's way to the U.S. border to claim asylum.

The caravan has been advancing at a slow pace, while dwindling in numbers. The migrants  are now in Mexico City, roughly 600 miles from the south Texas border and more than 1,300 miles from Nogales. 

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Soldiers installed the barbed wire on top of the border fencing at the DeConcini port of entry in downtown Nogales and expanded it to the nearby pedestrian crossing.

It's unclear how far east and west of the crossing they will add the wire and whether they'll do the same for the Mariposa crossing and other ports of entry along the Arizona border. 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in Arizona told The Arizona Republic they were unable to disclose that information, but added that senior military leadership from U.S. Northern Command, which is overseeing the Operation, would hold a press event in Nogales on Friday to provide more details. 

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U.S. Army soldiers deployed to the Arizona border string barbed wire atop the Morley pedestrian crossing in downtown Nogales on Nov. 7, 2018. (Photo: Rafael Carranza/The Republic)

Several military leaders, including Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, commanding general of the U.S. Army North, Col. Larry Dewey, commander of the 16th Military Police Brigade,  and Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, commander of U.S. NorthCom, visited and toured Nogales on Wednesday, ahead of Friday's press conference. 

Local leaders and residents in Nogales roundly criticized the barbed-wire installation at the ports of entry. They described the deployment as a "political ploy" and a waste of resources. 

"Concertina wire has no place in the community," Santa Cruz County Supervisor Bruce Bracker said Wednesday.

He pointed to severe, chronic staffing shortages at Arizona's ports of entry as a greater security threat to border communities like Nogales.

"If the federal government wants to do something to secure the border at the ports of entry ... they can give us the staffing that we should have," Bracker added.

Longtime Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada, a vocal opponent of Trump's immigration and border policies, said the president was misusing the military for political gain.

"Spending all of this money, all of this effort, in which is obviously a political ploy, is uncalled for," he said. "Utilizing the U.S. military police is overreach. This is not a war zone."

Customs and Border Protection previously has tried to install barbed wire on top of the Nogales border fence in 2013, but they backtracked amid heavy criticism from local residents and leaders.

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As of Oct. 27, Ernesto Martinez, 27, and his wife Yesenia, 23, have been traveling with their three daughters, including a baby who was just 17 days old when they joined the caravan.
As of Oct. 27, Ernesto Martinez, 27, and his wife Yesenia, 23, have been traveling with their three daughters, including a baby who was just 17 days old when they joined the caravan. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenErnesto Martinez, 27, and his wife Yesenia, 23, are traveling with their three daughters, including a baby who was just 17 days old when they joined the caravan last Oct. 20. The family is from San Martin, Retalhuleu, Guatemala. They have pushed the baby in a stroller over 180 miles crossing through the state of Chiapas, before reaching the state of Oaxaca on Oct. 27
Ernesto Martinez, 27, and his wife Yesenia, 23, are traveling with their three daughters, including a baby who was just 17 days old when they joined the caravan last Oct. 20. The family is from San Martin, Retalhuleu, Guatemala. They have pushed the baby in a stroller over 180 miles crossing through the state of Chiapas, before reaching the state of Oaxaca on Oct. 27 Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenErnesto Martinez, 27, and his  wife Yesenia, 23, are traveling with their three daughters, including a baby who was just 17 days old when they joined the caravan on Oct. 20. They have pushed the baby in a stroller over 180 miles crossing through the state of Chiapas, before reaching the state of Oaxaca on Oct. 27, along with their two other daughters, 4-year-old Lynsi, and 6-year-old, Natalie. The baby, Reychel, turned 24 days old on Saturday. The  family is from San Martin, Retalhuleu, Guatemala.
Ernesto Martinez, 27, and his wife Yesenia, 23, are traveling with their three daughters, including a baby who was just 17 days old when they joined the caravan on Oct. 20. They have pushed the baby in a stroller over 180 miles crossing through the state of Chiapas, before reaching the state of Oaxaca on Oct. 27, along with their two other daughters, 4-year-old Lynsi, and 6-year-old, Natalie. The baby, Reychel, turned 24 days old on Saturday. The family is from San Martin, Retalhuleu, Guatemala. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenThousands of migrants from Honduras and other Central American countries traveling in a caravan reached the state of Oaxaca on Oct. 27, after crossing through the entire state of Chiapas on their way to the U.S. border.
Thousands of migrants from Honduras and other Central American countries traveling in a caravan reached the state of Oaxaca on Oct. 27, after crossing through the entire state of Chiapas on their way to the U.S. border. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenBathing in the river offers a little relief from a day of walking in the oppressive heat for some of the thousands of migrants in the caravan on Oct. 27.
Bathing in the river offers a little relief from a day of walking in the oppressive heat for some of the thousands of migrants in the caravan on Oct. 27. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenBathing in the river offers a little relief from a day of walking in the oppressive heat for some of the thousands of migrants in the caravan. Thousands of migrants from Honduras and other Central American countries traveling in a caravan reached the state of Oaxaca on Oct. 27, after crossing through the entire state of Chiapas on their way to the U.S. border.
Bathing in the river offers a little relief from a day of walking in the oppressive heat for some of the thousands of migrants in the caravan. Thousands of migrants from Honduras and other Central American countries traveling in a caravan reached the state of Oaxaca on Oct. 27, after crossing through the entire state of Chiapas on their way to the U.S. border. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenRamos Aaron Flores, 3, takes a bath with the help of his mother outside the church in the town of Tapanatepec on Oct. 27.
Ramos Aaron Flores, 3, takes a bath with the help of his mother outside the church in the town of Tapanatepec on Oct. 27. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenBathing in the river offers a little relief from a day of walking in the oppressive heat for some of the thousands of migrants in the caravan on Oct. 27.
Bathing in the river offers a little relief from a day of walking in the oppressive heat for some of the thousands of migrants in the caravan on Oct. 27. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenThousands of migrants from Honduras and other Central American countries traveling in a caravan reached the state of Oaxaca on Oct. 27, after crossing through the entire state of Chiapas on their way to the U.S. border.
Thousands of migrants from Honduras and other Central American countries traveling in a caravan reached the state of Oaxaca on Oct. 27, after crossing through the entire state of Chiapas on their way to the U.S. border. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenThousands of migrants from Honduras and other Central American countries traveling in a caravan reached the state of Oaxaca on Oct. 27, after crossing through the entire state of Chiapas on their way to the U.S. border.
Thousands of migrants from Honduras and other Central American countries traveling in a caravan reached the state of Oaxaca on Oct. 27, after crossing through the entire state of Chiapas on their way to the U.S. border. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenThousands of migrants from Honduras and other Central American countries traveling in a caravan reached the state of Oaxaca on Oct. 27, after crossing through the entire state of Chiapas on their way to the U.S. border.
Thousands of migrants from Honduras and other Central American countries traveling in a caravan reached the state of Oaxaca on Oct. 27, after crossing through the entire state of Chiapas on their way to the U.S. border. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenSeveral hundred Central American migrants walking on the road near Ciudad Hidalgo in southern Mexico after crossing the river from Guatemala are loaded onto buses and escorted by Mexican federal police and immigration officers on Oct. 26, 2018. It’s unclear if they were being taken to be deported or processed  for asylum.
Several hundred Central American migrants walking on the road near Ciudad Hidalgo in southern Mexico after crossing the river from Guatemala are loaded onto buses and escorted by Mexican federal police and immigration officers on Oct. 26, 2018. It’s unclear if they were being taken to be deported or processed for asylum. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenSeveral hundred Central American migrants walking on the road near Ciudad Hidalgo in southern Mexico after crossing the river from Guatemala are loaded onto buses and escorted by Mexican federal police and immigration officers on Oct. 26, 2018. It’s unclear if they were being taken to be deported or processed  for asylum.
Several hundred Central American migrants walking on the road near Ciudad Hidalgo in southern Mexico after crossing the river from Guatemala are loaded onto buses and escorted by Mexican federal police and immigration officers on Oct. 26, 2018. It’s unclear if they were being taken to be deported or processed for asylum. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenSeveral hundred migrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. They wait to cross the Suchiate River that divides Guatemala and Mexico in hopes of heading north to the United States. Under pressure from the United States, Mexico shut a bridge in an effort to halt the migrants, mostly Hondurans, from crossing the border into Mexico.
Several hundred migrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. They wait to cross the Suchiate River that divides Guatemala and Mexico in hopes of heading north to the United States. Under pressure from the United States, Mexico shut a bridge in an effort to halt the migrants, mostly Hondurans, from crossing the border into Mexico. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenMigrant children from Honduras and El Salvador play in the park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala.
Migrant children from Honduras and El Salvador play in the park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenMigrant children from Honduras and El Salvador play in the park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala.
Migrant children from Honduras and El Salvador play in the park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenCentral American migrants desperate for food receive donations from local charities in Tecun Uman, Guatemala.
Central American migrants desperate for food receive donations from local charities in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenSeveral hundred migrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. They wait to cross the Suchiate River that divides Guatemala and Mexico in hopes of heading north to the United States. Under pressure from the United States, Mexico shut a bridge in an effort to halt the migrants, mostly Hondurans, from crossing the border into Mexico.
Several hundred migrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. They wait to cross the Suchiate River that divides Guatemala and Mexico in hopes of heading north to the United States. Under pressure from the United States, Mexico shut a bridge in an effort to halt the migrants, mostly Hondurans, from crossing the border into Mexico. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenMigrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala.
Migrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenSeveral hundred migrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. They wait to cross the Suchiate River that divides Guatemala and Mexico in hopes of heading north to the United States. Under pressure from the United States, Mexico shut a bridge in an effort to halt the migrants, mostly Hondurans, from crossing the border into Mexico.
Several hundred migrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. They wait to cross the Suchiate River that divides Guatemala and Mexico in hopes of heading north to the United States. Under pressure from the United States, Mexico shut a bridge in an effort to halt the migrants, mostly Hondurans, from crossing the border into Mexico. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenPenely Suzet Steward, from Honduras, says she wants to go to the U.S. to visit her sick children. Steward is among several hundred migrants from Central America gathered near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. They wait to cross the Suchiate River that divides Guatemala and Mexico in hopes of heading north to the United States.
Penely Suzet Steward, from Honduras, says she wants to go to the U.S. to visit her sick children. Steward is among several hundred migrants from Central America gathered near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. They wait to cross the Suchiate River that divides Guatemala and Mexico in hopes of heading north to the United States. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenPenely Suzet Steward, from Honduras, says she wants to go to the U.S. to visit her sick children. Steward is among several hundred migrants from Central America gathered near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. They wait to cross the Suchiate River that divides Guatemala and Mexico in hopes of heading north to the United States.
Penely Suzet Steward, from Honduras, says she wants to go to the U.S. to visit her sick children. Steward is among several hundred migrants from Central America gathered near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. They wait to cross the Suchiate River that divides Guatemala and Mexico in hopes of heading north to the United States. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenPenely Suzet Steward, from Honduras, says she wants to go to the U.S. to visit her sick children. Steward is among several hundred migrants from Central America gathered near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. They wait to cross the Suchiate River that divides Guatemala and Mexico in hopes of heading north to the United States.
Penely Suzet Steward, from Honduras, says she wants to go to the U.S. to visit her sick children. Steward is among several hundred migrants from Central America gathered near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. They wait to cross the Suchiate River that divides Guatemala and Mexico in hopes of heading north to the United States. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenMigrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States.
Migrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenMigrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States.
Migrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenGerson de Jesus Zelaya, 6, from Honduras, has a donated lunch near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala.
Gerson de Jesus Zelaya, 6, from Honduras, has a donated lunch near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenGerson de Jesus Zelaya, 6, from Honduras, has a donated lunch near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala.
Gerson de Jesus Zelaya, 6, from Honduras, has a donated lunch near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenGerson de Jesus Zelaya, 6, from Honduras, has a donated lunch near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala.
Gerson de Jesus Zelaya, 6, from Honduras, has a donated lunch near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenEl Salvadoran Angelica Esmeralda Sanchez, 18, front, and her friend Ericka Martinez, 28, gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala.
El Salvadoran Angelica Esmeralda Sanchez, 18, front, and her friend Ericka Martinez, 28, gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenMigrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States.
Migrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenMigrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States.
Migrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenMigrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States.
Migrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenMigrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States.
Migrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenMexican federal police and immigration officers check the identification of border crossers from Guatemala, who were crossing in a raft at Cuidad Hidalgo, Mexico.
Mexican federal police and immigration officers check the identification of border crossers from Guatemala, who were crossing in a raft at Cuidad Hidalgo, Mexico. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenMexican federal police and immigration officers check the identification of border crossers from Guatemala, who were crossing in a raft at Cuidad Hidalgo, Mexico.
Mexican federal police and immigration officers check the identification of border crossers from Guatemala, who were crossing in a raft at Cuidad Hidalgo, Mexico. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenPedro Castillo, 23 years old, from Honduras, takes a raft from Guatemala to cross the Suchiate River to Mexico. Castillo is planning to join the migrant caravan.
Pedro Castillo, 23 years old, from Honduras, takes a raft from Guatemala to cross the Suchiate River to Mexico. Castillo is planning to join the migrant caravan. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenFranklin Eduardo Escobar, 26, from Honduras, rests with other migrants near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala.
Franklin Eduardo Escobar, 26, from Honduras, rests with other migrants near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenGabriella Aguilar from Honduras, with her daughter Carmen, waits with other migrants from Honduras and El Salvador near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala.
Gabriella Aguilar from Honduras, with her daughter Carmen, waits with other migrants from Honduras and El Salvador near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenGabriella Aguilar from Honduras, with her daughter Carmen, waits with other migrants from Honduras and El Salvador near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala.
Gabriella Aguilar from Honduras, with her daughter Carmen, waits with other migrants from Honduras and El Salvador near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenMigrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States.
Migrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenMigrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States.
Migrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenMigrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States.
Migrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenMigrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States.
Migrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenMigrants from Honduras and El Salvador rest near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala.
Migrants from Honduras and El Salvador rest near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenEduardo Perez, 19, left, and Franklin Eduardo Escobar, 26, from Honduras rest with other migrants near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala.
Eduardo Perez, 19, left, and Franklin Eduardo Escobar, 26, from Honduras rest with other migrants near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenMigrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States.
Migrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenMexican federal police and immigration officers check the identification of border crossers from Guatemala, who were crossing in a raft at Cuidad Hidalgo, Mexico.
Mexican federal police and immigration officers check the identification of border crossers from Guatemala, who were crossing in a raft at Cuidad Hidalgo, Mexico. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenBorder crossers from Guatemala pay money after crossing in a raft at Cuidad Hidalgo, Mexico.
Border crossers from Guatemala pay money after crossing in a raft at Cuidad Hidalgo, Mexico. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenPedro Castillo, 23 years old, from Honduras, takes a raft from Guatemala to cross the Suchiate River to Mexico. Castillo is planning to join the migrant caravan.
Pedro Castillo, 23 years old, from Honduras, takes a raft from Guatemala to cross the Suchiate River to Mexico. Castillo is planning to join the migrant caravan. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenBorder crossers from Guatemala pay money after crossing in a raft at Cuidad Hidalgo, Mexico.
Border crossers from Guatemala pay money after crossing in a raft at Cuidad Hidalgo, Mexico. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenMigrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States.
Migrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenMigrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States.
Migrants from Honduras and El Salvador gather near a park in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Oct. 25, 2018, as they wait to cross from Guatemala to Mexico and then head north to the United States. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenPedro Castillo, 23 years old, from Honduras, took a raft from Guatemala to cross the Suchiate River to Mexico. Castillo is planning to join the migrant caravan. Mexican immigration officers ask Castillo for his identification.
Pedro Castillo, 23 years old, from Honduras, took a raft from Guatemala to cross the Suchiate River to Mexico. Castillo is planning to join the migrant caravan. Mexican immigration officers ask Castillo for his identification. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenMexican federal police and immigration officers check the identification of border crossers from Guatemala, who were crossing in a raft at Cuidad Hidalgo, Mexico.
Mexican federal police and immigration officers check the identification of border crossers from Guatemala, who were crossing in a raft at Cuidad Hidalgo, Mexico. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenMexican federal police and immigration officers check the identification of border crossers from Guatemala, who were crossing in a raft at Cuidad Hidalgo, Mexico.
Mexican federal police and immigration officers check the identification of border crossers from Guatemala, who were crossing in a raft at Cuidad Hidalgo, Mexico. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenBorder crossers from Guatemala pay money after crossing on a raft at Cuidad Hidalgo, Mexico.
Border crossers from Guatemala pay money after crossing on a raft at Cuidad Hidalgo, Mexico. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenMexican federal police and immigration officers check the identification of border crossers from Guatemala, who were crossing in a raft at Cuidad Hidalgo, Mexico.
Mexican federal police and immigration officers check the identification of border crossers from Guatemala, who were crossing in a raft at Cuidad Hidalgo, Mexico. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenBorder crossers from Guatemala pay money after crossing in a raft at Cuidad Hidalgo, Mexico.
Border crossers from Guatemala pay money after crossing in a raft at Cuidad Hidalgo, Mexico. Nick Oza/The Republic>FullscreenBorder crossers from Guatemala pay money after crossing in a raft at Cuidad Hidalgo, Mexico.
Border crossers from Guatemala pay money after crossing in a raft at Cuidad Hidalgo, Mexico. Nick Oza/The Republic>Fullscreen

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    Estrada criticized the lack of input from the community this time around and likened the decision to fortify the border without consulting them as an invasion.

    "It's unfortunate that they don't take local officials into account, that we're not part of the discussion, that we're not part of the dialogue," he said. "When the federal government does that, they're actually invading our community without telling us, with all due respect to the military."

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    Residents from the twin cities, known colloquially as Ambos Nogales, appeared split over the military deployment and the installation of the barbed wire at the border.

    On one hand, residents and shoppers from Nogales, Sonora, who are already familiarized with Trump's hostile rhetoric on the border, said they don't mind so long as it doesn't affect their ability to cross back and forth.

    "I don't see it as a bad thing," Mexican shopper Patricia Aviles told The Arizona Republic as she walked past the soldiers installing concertina wire at the Morley crossing on Wednesday. "They're defending their own border ... and we're not doing anything wrong, It doesn't affect us."

    Juana Castro, another shopper from Mexico said the increased military presence did not bother her either. "They're doing their job and we cross to shop, so there's no issue," she said.

    But some Arizona residents, such as brothers Manuel and Juan Mejia, who live in nearby Elgin, saw the military deployment as a waste of money and a waste of soldiers' time.

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    A U.S. Army vehicle is parked Nov. 7, 2018, in front of the border fence in downtown Nogales. Troops deployed to the Arizona border installed the barbed wire atop the fence in anticipation of the potential arrival of a migrant caravan. (Photo: Rafael Carranza/The Republic)

    "I think it's a bunch of bullcrap because they have a bunch of law enforcement, a lot of agencies, and they're bringing (the military)? It's bullcrap," Manuel said as he walked past soldiers in downtown Nogales. 

    His brother Juan chimed in, adding that he didn't understand why Trump had sent in the military, especially when the migrant caravan wasn't even close to the border yet. 

    "Why do have the Statue of Liberty?" he asked. "It's to welcome people in. Why is he doing all this ... ? I don't think he's a very good president." 

    Last week, troops deployed to south Texas, the busiest transit corridor along the U.S.-Mexico border, installed concertina wire at ports of entry there and along the banks of the Rio Grande, which forms the natural barrier at the Texas-Mexico border.

    As of Wednesday, 5,600 troops, out of the 7,000 planned, had been deployed to the Southwestern border, according to Northern Command. About 1,500 of them were in Arizona, based at the Davis Monthan base in Tucson and Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista.

    Northern Command said another 2,800 had been deployed to the Texas border, while 1,300 were in California.

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