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Trump is expected to extend the deployment of US troops on the Mexican border into January: NPR



On Thanksgiving, soldiers stand on the US border with the Mexico border with an accordion wire as customs and border protection agent.

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On Thanksgiving Day, troops on the US border with the Mexico border are holding an accordion wire as an agent for Customs and Border Patrol.

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It is expected that President Trump will extend the deployment of thousands of American troops on the US-Mexico border by January rather than withdrawing staff in mid-December, say NPR Pentagon officials. The move would extend the rare deployment of active-duty troops along the Mexican border, and not just National Guard personnel.

The deployments of troops in active service should end on December 1

5. But defense officials report to NPR that much of the troops in active service are expected to be extended into January, and that some of the armed forces may also be exchanged for new troops.

The news that the deployment is likely to last for the holidays comes days after the US agents fired tear gas at migrants attempting to reach the US from Tijuana, Mexico on Sunday. The event took place in the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry between Tijuana and San Diego – "the most populated land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere", NPR reported.