first published on January 15, 2019 by Josh
In an announcement from the Pentagon on Monday, it was revealed that active duty troops deployed in support of Homeland Security and Border Patrol operations would continue to be deployed until at least September of 2019. This statement means that active duty troops deployed in that area will be domestically deployed for about one full year before they return to normal operations.
The 4,500 active duty and National Guard troops were deployed in October of 2018 to meet a request from President Donald Trump and the Department of Homeland Security to secure border entry points from a caravan of potential illegal immigrants hoping to cross into the United States at weak points in the current border fence. Since that time, several units have rotated in and out of the area, assisting in improving fortifications, laying concertina wire, and aerial reconnaissance missions.
In the same release, the Department of Defense stated that mission-sets for troops actively deployed to the southern border would change slightly. The duties would lean more heavily towards aerial reconnaissance and assistance for border security operations, while some troops would remain to assist in improving fortifications and laying concertina wire.
“In response to the December 27, 2018 request from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan approved Department of Defense assistance to DHS through Sept. 30, 2019. DoD is 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 Pentagon said in their statement.
These new duties are still in line with what active duty and National Guard troops deployed within the United States are capable of doing according to law.