Defense Department Sends 3,750 Additional Troops to U.S.-Mexico Border

The Defense Department will deploy about 3,750 additional troops to the US-Mexico border, raising the number of active-duty troops there to about 4,350, the Pentagon said on Sunday.

The troops will provide support to US Customs and Border Protection operations, including a mobile surveillance capability through the end of September, and they will lay about 150 miles of concertina wire between ports of entry, according to a Defense Department statement.

“Additional units are being deployed for 90 days, and we will continue to evaluate the force composition required to meet the mission to protect and secure the southern border,” the Pentagon said. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan approved the additional border support on Jan. 11.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Jan. 31 that more than 3,500 active-duty troops would be sent to the border, citing Representative Adam Smith, the Washington state Democrat who chairs the House Armed Services Committee.

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SOURCE: The Boston Globe; Bloomberg News, Ros Krasny