The Trump administration is ordering 1,000 more active-duty troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to add barbed wire to the border wall, The Hill reported Friday.
That would make the total number of troops at the border 6,000 by March 1, with 140 more miles of Concertina wire added, Defense officials were quoted as saying.
“That mission has evolved,” The Hill quoted a senior defense official. “We are now transitioning to supporting [areas] between the ports of entry. We’re laying down another 140 miles of concertina wire — [we’re] about 30 percent done with that — as well as providing a ground-based detection and monitoring mission in support of CBP."
The troops will fulful two functions: "wire placement" and "detection and monitoring between the ports of entry."
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