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.
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The military deployment took place after the Department of Homeland Security asked the Pentagon in October to help its border patrol units on the southern border and the arrival of a caravan of thousands of migrants to plan antennas from Central America. Trump's political opponents called the move, which took place shortly before the midterm elections in November, overreaction – and even stunt.
In addition to the 5,900 active employees, the Trump administration has sent 2,100 National Guard soldiers to the border troops the week before Thanksgiving he said: "I think it is very clear that the support of the Border Police [for] – or Border patrol is necessary right now. " However, he did not go into details why the use of active personnel was required.
The President has described the arrival of the caravan as an invasion. But since the beginning of this month, Mattis and others have not used these kinds of terms to describe the situation.
In April, Trump signed a proclamation to send National Guard soldiers along the southern border as part of his campaign to reduce him to illegal immigration – a key element of his political platform.
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