In order to avoid the implication that the military mission as the border is a full-scale military operation, the Pentagon will cease referring to it as “Operation Faithful Patriot” ABC News reports.
To more accurately define the role it will now be called simply a “border support mission.”
An unnamed U.S. official spoke with ABC News how the change is intended to “highlight that the military was not the lead for the mission, but was providing support to [Customs and Border Patrol] along the border. Another official said Defense Secretary James Mattis requested the name change.
This is in response to criticism from the media about the use of force as Trump labels the migrant caravan an “invasion.”
Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said of the issue:
“There is no plan for U.S. military forces to be involved in the actual mission of denying people entry to the United States. There is no plan for the soldiers to come in contact with immigrants or to reinforce Department of Homeland Security as they are conducting their mission. We are providing enabling capability.”
Examples of enabling capability include installing barbed wire, reinforcing ports of entry, providing medical support, and providing trucks and helicopter support, according to Dunford.