Trump’s new acting Pentagon chief just extended the mission for US troops at the US-Mexico border until the end of September

Army engineers install concertina wire Nov. 5, 2018, on the Anzalduas International Bridge, Texas.U.S Northern Command is providing military support to the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to secure the southern border of the United States.US Air Force photo by Airman First Class Daniel A. Hernandez


Active-duty troops deployed to the US-Mexico border will not be leaving anytime soon, the US Department of Defense announced Monday evening. The border mission, initially expected to wrap up on December 15, 2018, has been extended to September 30, 2019. The cost of the deployment is expected to hit $132 million by the end of this month.

US troops deployed to the US-Mexico border will remain there until at least the end of September, the Pentagon revealed in an emailed statement Monday evening.

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, who took over for former Secretary of Defense James Mattis at the beginning of the year, has approved Department of Defense assistance to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through September 30, 2019.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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