Pentagon to deploy additional 2,100 troops to U.S.-Mexico border

epa04359425 US Customs and Border Protection officers stand on the Texas side of the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge, a border bridge that crosses the Rio Grande River linking Hidalgo,Texas, USA, to Reynosa, Mexico, 18 August 2014. Immigration reform promises to be a major issue in upcoming US Congressional elections, particularly following the influx of undocumented child immigrants arriving at the border. In addition to border security measures already in place, observation posts are being newly taken up by US National Guard troops along the Texas-Mexico border to help the state's Joint Counterdrug Task Force. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

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The Pentagon announced it would 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 President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown.

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

There are currently about 4,500 active duty and National Guard troops on the border with Mexico

Via Reuters/Bloomberg

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