Pentagon Rushes 3,750 U.S. Forces To Mexican Border For Support
It was announced Sunday that the Pentagon is sending nearly 4,000 additional troops to the southern border of Mexico.
The decision was made in light of the current situation which has been on-going for some time now.
The U.S. forces are expected to stay for around three months according to the Department of Defense.
This now brings the total number of active force troops who are supporting the current Customs and Border Protection agents to about 4,350.
According to Reuters,
President Donald Trump, who has portrayed the situation at the border as a crisis, was expected to talk about immigration and his proposal for a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico during the annual State of the Union address on Tuesday.
Trump’s demand that money for the wall be included in spending legislation prompted an impasse with Democrats that led to a 35-day partial federal government shutdown that ended on Jan. 25.
If lawmakers cannot reach a deal on the border security situation by Feb. 15, Trump has threatened to let the government shut down again or to declare a national emergency as a way to circumvent Congress and get his wall money.
“I don’t take anything off the table,” he said in a CBS interview broadcast on Sunday.
The good side of this situation is that some of the troops who have been there for some time now are being replaced and going home for a change.
According to Fox News,
The Pentagon has approved an extended U.S. deployment to the border through the end of September.
Last week, members of the House Armed Services Committee grilled top defense and military leaders about the border mission, demanding details on its impact on military readiness and whether needed training and other jobs were not being done as a result.
What will this mean for the upcoming deadline on decided what to do about the border wall? I think this is a step in the right direction.