2,100 more troops headed to the U.S.-Mexico border, Pentagon says – POLITICO

Acting Defense Secretary Richard Spencer authorized the deployment of additional troops to the border to provide “aerial surveillance, operational, logistical, and administrative support” to Customs and Border Patrol. | Alex Edelman/Getty Images

(Politico) – The deployment will bring the total force on the border mission to 6,600.

The new active-duty troops will arrive “in the next several weeks” and will provide “aerial surveillance, operational, logistical, and administrative support” to Customs and Border Patrol, Pentagon spokesperson Maj. Chris Mitchell said in a statement.

The increase in active-duty forces is required due to a “shortfall in volunteer National Guard personnel” conducting the same missions, Mitchell said.

Source: 2,100 more troops headed to the U.S.-Mexico border, Pentagon says – POLITICO

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