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US-Mexico border: Pentagon to deploy an extra 2,000 troops

US-Mexico border: Pentagon to deploy an extra 2,000 troops

The situation on the Mexico-US border demands more attention, so, the Pentagon planned to send an additional 2,000 troops to the southern border.

For the Pentagon, a border with Mexico become more problematic zone, according to the recent announcement, in which the military has announced sending additional troops to the US-Mexican border. Many migrants persistently seeking a better life try to cross into the United States from Mexico, and the White House has confirmed plan to deploy 3,750 troops to Mexico border.

With an additional 2,000 troops to be sent to the Mexico border, the total number will bring to about 4,300, said Pentagon. According to its plan, the soldiers would help border-patrol agents, carry out surveillance work and install miles of razor wire. The sending troops followed President Trump battle Congress for funds to build a wall along the border: the national leader sees in the wall the only decision to stop illegal immigration.

Donald Trump’s insistence that the lower house of Congress, now controlled by his Democratic opponents, include funds for the wall in the US budget recently led to the longest government shutdown in US history.

Trump battles Congress over wall funding

President Trump struck a temporary deal last month to reopen government departments but has threatened to trigger another shutdown or declare a national emergency if his demands are not met. The current agreement expires on 15 February. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, President is expected to again highlight the issue in his annual State of the Union speech.

The first deployments took place in November, and since then the Pentagon is steadily strengthening a military presence in the southern region. “Additional units are being deployed for 90 days, and we will continue to evaluate the force composition required to meet the mission to protect and secure the southern border,” a Pentagon statement said.

Last week, Donald Trump tweeted that extra forces were being sent to the border to stop migrants who he said were travelling in “caravans” and threatening an “invasion”.