Trump calls barbed wire 'beautiful' as troops install wire along border

HIDALGO, TEXAS (Fox 32 News) - This weekend, U.S. troops continued to work along the border with Mexico, ostensibly to protect the United States from what President Trump has called an illegal immigrant invasion.

The deployment is being called "Operation Faithful Patriot." The troops laid concertina wire ("barbed wire") along the border near Hidalgo, Texas.

On Saturday, President Trump told a rally in Belgrade, Montana, that "barbed wire, used properly, can be a beautiful sight."

Trump has said of the immigrant caravan, among other things, "It's like an invasion. They have violently overrun the Mexican border."

As of this writing, the immigrant caravan is still hundreds of miles away. A military assessment published by the Washington Post reports that Army officials believe only 20% of the 7,000 or so migrants will make it to the United States. 

The report notes that the Army is worried that American militia groups will come to the border.