Monday 19 August 2019

Pentagon to send extra 2,100 troops to the Mexican border

 

There are about 4,500 active duty and National Guard troops on the border. Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP
There are about 4,500 active duty and National Guard troops on the border. Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP

Idrees Ali

The Pentagon has said it has approved a request to send an additional 1,000 Texas National Guard and 1,100 active duty troops to the border with Mexico, the latest deployment in support of US President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown.

Major Chris Mitchell, a Pentagon spokesman, told Reuters that acting Defence Secretary Richard Spencer had approved the additional troops and they would be assisting with tasks like logistical support and aerial surveillance.

There are about 4,500 active duty and National Guard troops on the border.

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