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According to a US Department of Defense statement, additional forces will be deployed to the nation’s southwest border with Mexico for three months as a means of providing support to customs and border agents.
The move will lead to a rise in the number of active US forces providing support for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, to approximately 4,350, Reuters reported.
In late January 2019, Secretary of Defence Patrick Shanahan announced that the Pentagon has been preparing to send “several thousand” additional troops to the Mexico-US border, answering a US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) call for assistance in monitoring and “laying down more concertina wire”.
Earlier, the undersecretary of defense for policy, John Rood, told Congress that US officials are tracking three migrant caravans from Central America allegedly making their way toward the US-Mexican border, the largest of which is said to have over 12,000 would-be immigrants.
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