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OffbeatUS to keep about 4,000 troops at border through January

23:05  30 november  2018
23:05  30 november  2018 Source:   msn.com

Pentagon says no timeline for bringing border troops home

Pentagon says no timeline for bringing border troops home The Pentagon on Tuesday appeared to backtrack and said it has no timeline for pulling the 5,800 active-duty troops from their mission at the U.S.-Mexico border, despite public comments this week by a three-star general. Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, who oversees the mission, told Politico that some troops could begin coming home this week as Thanksgiving approaches and all will be back to their regular duty assignments by Christmas. The border support deployment ordered by President Trump is scheduled to officially end on Dec. 15. But U.S.

U . S . officials say the number of active-duty troops on the border with Mexico will drop from 5,600 to about 4 , 000 , and their deployment will be extended through the President Donald Trump deployed the troops to the border in response to a caravan of migrants walking to the U . S . from Central America.

U . S . officials say the number of active-duty troops on the border with Mexico will drop from 5,600 to about 4 , 000 , and their deployment will be extended through the President Donald Trump deployed the troops to the border in response to a caravan of migrants walking to the U . S . from Central America.

US to keep about 4,000 troops at border through January © Getty Images MEXICALI, MEXICO - November 26. U.S. Army soldiers are seen from the mexican side fortifying US-Mexico border wall with barbed wire on November 26, 2018 in Mexicali, Mexico. Thousands of migrants from Central America have made their way to the border towns of Tijuana and Mexicai seeking asylum in the U.S. (Photo by Luis Boza/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say the number of active-duty troops on the border with Mexico will drop from 5,600 to about 4,000, and their deployment will be extended through the end of January.

Officials say the Department of Homeland Security submitted a formal request for the additional military support Friday. It hasn't been approved by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. But military officials have been working with DHS for weeks to help craft a request that would be accepted by the Pentagon.

President Donald Trump deployed the troops to the border in response to a caravan of migrants walking to the U.S. from Central America. Critics have called the deployment a political stunt before the midterm elections.

U.S. officials talked about the troop deployment on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

Mattis extends border troop mission until end of January.
The deployment was set to expire Dec. 15, but the Department of Homeland Security requested an extension late last week. The brief statement noted that the extension was approved "in response to migrant caravan arrivals." President Donald Trump ordered the deployment just ahead of last month's midterm elections, amid a flurry of tweets about migrant caravans heading north through Mexico toward the United States.

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