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16 January, 2019 10:12:56 AM
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US extends troop deployment at Mexico border

AFP, Washington
US extends troop deployment at Mexico border
Honduran migrants, part of the second caravan to the United States, leave San Pedro Sula, 180 km north of Tegucigalpa on Monday. President Donald Trump is threatening to declare a national emergency as he pressures Congress for money to build a wall on the US-Mexican border to stem a surge in illegal immigrants. Many migrants -who arrive as families or unaccompanied children, hoping to gain a foothold in the country- when caught, most are processed by the authorities, then released pending a court date, and authorities say they are mostly never seen again as they meld into US society. AFP PHOTO

The Pentagon said Monday it would extend until September 30 the deployment of active-duty soldiers and Coast Guard members at the US-Mexico border, while expanding the mission to include surveillance and detection.

Lengthening the troops’ mission past a January 31 deadline, the Pentagon said it was “transitioning its support at the southwestern border from hardening ports of entry to mobile surveillance and detection, as well as concertina wire emplacement between ports of entry.”

“DoD will continue to provide aviation support,” the statement added, referring to the Department of Defense.

The Pentagon already has about 2,350 active-duty troops stationed along the boundary, deployed under a controversial order President Donald Trump gave last year before midterm elections in November as several thousand Central American migrants made their way to the border to seek asylum from violence and poverty in their own countries.

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