Pentagon announces nearly 4,000 additional troops heading to US-Mexico border

TheHill | 2/3/2019 | Brett Samuels
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Nearly 4,000 additional U.S. troops will be deployed to the southern border to assist Customs and Border Protection, the Pentagon announced Sunday.

CNN reported that 3,750 troops will head to the border for 90 days to aid in placing razor wire along the border, as well as with mobile surveillance operations. The deployment will bring the number of active-duty forces in the area supporting Customs and Border Protection to roughly 4,350.

Pentagon - Request - Comment

The Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said last week that the department would send "several thousand" additional troops to the border, but declined to be more specific.

Rep - Adam - Smith - D-Wash - Chairman

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, chastised Shanahan last Thursday over the lack of transparency surrounding how many troops were being sent to the border.

The additional troop deployment comes amid a standoff between President Trump and congressional Democrats over funding for his desired wall along the southern border. The president has demand $5.7 billion for...
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