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Pentagon Says Border Force Now Cut in Half

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By    |   Monday, 17 December 2018 04:34 PM

About half of the troops deployed to the United States' southern border with Mexico have been sent home, the Pentagon confirmed Monday.

According to The Hill, Army Col. Rob Manning briefed reporters and said 3,150 active-duty troops are still at the border after 5,900 were sent there to assist the Border Patrol. The deployment began in October as thousands of migrants were making their way from Central America to the U.S.

"The department will continue to assess force requirements to meet CBP, Customs and Border Protection needs," Manning said. "Whatever support the CBP and [the Department of Homeland Security] needs is what we're going to provide them."

President Donald Trump said in November the force amassed at the border could reach 15,000 soldiers. There was also talk about most of them being sent home by Christmas, a claim that was later amended.

It was reported one week ago troops had begun leaving the border and were heading back to their home bases.

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