US extends mission to Mexico border through September

 

US extends mission to Mexico border through September

Washington - The deployment had previously been authorised through January 31 by Jim Mattis.

By AFP/Reuters

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Published: Tue 15 Jan 2019, 6:12 AM

Last updated: Wed 16 Jan 2019, 9:10 AM

The United States is extending until September 30 the deployment of active duty soldiers and Coast Guard members at the border with Mexico, officials said on Monday.

As part of the move to extend the mission past the original 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 Defence.


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