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Reports: 5,000 troops to be deployed to southwest border, 1,800 to Texas

October 29, 2018 GMT

Several media outlets are reporting as many as 5,000 troops will be deployed to the southwest border, of which as many as 1,800 will be sent to Texas.

In an email obtained by The Monitor and addressed to U.S. representatives, the defense department has announced an approval of a request for assistance to provide “mission-enhancing capabilities to the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection along the Southwest border beginning Tuesday through Dec. 15,” the document states.

“This support is in addition to the previously authorized support to CBP’s Operation Guardian Support mission,” the email states.

The Department of Defense “will provide planning assistance, engineering support, aviation (rotary and fixed-wing) support, medical teams, command and control facilities, temporary housing for CBP personnel, and personal protective equipment for CBP personnel,” the email states.

“This support will enhance DHS’s ability to enforce its overall border security mission,” it states.

The Department of Defense’s support of DHS will be under the same authority given in April when the Trump administration deployed about 2,000 troops to the southwest border because of an apparent “surge” in illegal border crossings, the document states.