Merry Christmas to the troops! Border mission extended through January

Matt Saintsing
December 04, 2018 - 5:32 pm

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kyle Larsen


Troops at the border can expect to be there for the rest of the year, as the Pentagon has extended the ongoing border mission supporting the Department of Homeland Security, through January 2019. 

On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis approved a request the Department of Homeland Security made last Friday in “response to migrant caravan arrivals” the Defense Department announced in a brief statement. The mission is authorized until Jan. 31, 2019, 45 days after the initial Dec. 15 deadline. 

Currently, some active duty 5,600 troops are along the southwest border that the U.S. shares with Mexico. Service members are on the ground along Texas, California, and Arizona. The request sent last week hopes to keep some 4,000 in place. 

Spools of concertina wire and concrete barriers are in place around ports of entry, put up by the soldiers. They’ve also provided transportation and logistical support to Customs and Border Patrol officers when requested. 

President Donald Trump ordered the deployment in response to a caravan made up of Central American migrants trudging north towards the United States. The cost, which will undoubtedly surge, is about $72 million. 

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