DOD Orders Deployment of Troops to Texas-Mexico Border

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BROWNSVILLE – The Department of Defense will be deploying thousands of troops along the U.S.-Mexico border starting this week.

According to a letter sent to various U.S. representatives, approximately 5,200 troops will be sent by or about Nov. 5 to provide assistance to law enforcement amid the arrival of a caravan of people expected to seek asylum in the country.

Among this group will be active and reserve National Guard troops to aid Customs and Border Protection in securing the border.

Angela Tapia, special assistant to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, says they will also send the Army Corps of Engineers and experts in combat engineering, who have experience in building temporary vehicle barriers and fencing.

Others will also be offering medical and aviation assistance. 


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