Hundreds of U.S. troops are now living at the border in a muddy camp with nothing to do – VICE News
DONNA, Texas — It’s been unseasonable cold, and wet, at this site of a new U.S. base camp that’s now home to several hundred active-duty U.S. Army soldiers. They’re part of the more than 5,000 troops Donald Trump deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border ahead of the midterms to ward off the so-called caravan of migrants headed north from Central America. It’s a huge taxpayer expense — estimated cost: $200 million — but the troops have virtually nothing to do.
Here at Base Camp Donna, 10 miles east of McAllen, Army engineers have built facilities to accommodate a long-term deployment: It now has hot showers, laundry facilities, and a kitchen to produce two hot meals a day. The medical tent is outfitted for handling all manner of injuries, but there’s been nothing much besides mosquito bites and scrapes from the concertina wire they’re putting up.