Defense official leak: active-duty military deploying to border within days

Service members boarding a bus to depart on a deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae Capuno)

The US Army is deploying active-duty troops to the US-Mexico border, but It isn’t likely to be unfolding the way you think it would.

A defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Pentagon has yet to make an announcement, said the deployment could happen as soon as the next coming day.

Defense officials report that around 800 troops would be sent to the southern border, which will likely include some National Guard troops.

While many picture armed troops marching to the border, the troops will likely be those who specialize in engineering, medical, legal and construction capabilities.

The forces will bolster around 2,100 National Guard troops that are already operating along the border, who are working with US Customs and Border Protection agents.

According to the Stars and Stripes, the soldiers who are currently at the border are barred from interacting with illegal immigrants and are generally unarmed- however, they have been conducting surveillance and support operations for CBP.

President Trump originally authorized 4,000 National Guard troops to secure the border, issuing the order earlier this year.  These troops are currently operating under the control of state governors from Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California.  It is still not known if the new deployment will fall under the original order issued by President Trump.

While most deploying troops will not be carrying weapons, they are authorized to defend themselves if need be.

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