Pentagon Extends Mission at Mexico Border, But Decreases Number of Troops
The Pentagon will put up to 4,000 troops at the U.S. southern border with Mexico from this October through September 2021, a move that will decrease the overall number of troops there while extending the mission another year.
“Secretary [Mark] Esper has approved a request for assistance from the Department of Homeland Security and authorized the deployment of up to 4,000 DOD personnel to the southern border,” Pentagon spokesman Army Lieutenant Colonel Christian Mitchell said Thursday.
As of late April, the total number of U.S. military forces deployed to the border was about 5,000, according to the U.S. Northern Command. The military