Mattis approves U.S. troops for border with Mexico

Mattis approves U.S. troops for border with Mexico

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Mattis’ authorization did not include a specific number of troops, something that would be determined at a later point, and was not itself a “deployment order.” U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday that the Trump administration was considering deploying between 800 and 1,000 troops. The Pentagon did not comment on potential troop numbers but said Mattis had authorized the military to provide “mission-enhancing capabilities” to U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, including engineering support to help build temporary barriers and build temporary housing. Officials said U.S. troops will not be engaged in any law enforcement activities, something that is prohibited under U.S. law, and instead focus on support roles in areas like infrastructure and logistics.

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