Protection Division To Ship three,750 Further Troops To Border With Mexico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) ― The Pentagon is sending three,750 U.S. forces to the southwest border with Mexico for 3 months to offer extra assist to frame brokers, the Division of Protection mentioned on Sunday.

The deployment will increase the whole variety of active-duty forces supporting Customs and Border Safety brokers there to roughly four,350, it mentioned. The extra models shall be deployed for 90 days.

The Pentagon first authorized the high-profile deployment of active-duty U.S. troops to the Mexico border in October, earlier than the U.S. midterm congressional elections. The transfer was embraced by President Donald Trump’s supporters, together with fellow Republicans in Congress.

Appearing Protection Secretary Patrick Shanahan authorized the deployment on Jan. 11, in response to the assertion. U.S. Consultant Adam Smith, chairman of the Home of Representatives Armed Companies Committee, first disclosed plans to ship extra troops on Thursday.

Smith criticized senior Pentagon officers for failing to reveal the data throughout a listening to earlier than his committee in Congress on the difficulty simply two days earlier.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Modifying by Lisa Shumaker and Jeffrey Benkoe)