• Shanahan Visits Border, Says Troops Staying Until Situation is Secure

    Shanahan Visits Border, Says Troops Staying Until Situation is Secure0

    Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan visited McAllen, Texas, Saturday and said he intends to accelerate border security planning while working to bolster the administration’s border activities without requiring endless DOD help, AP reported. During the brief visit Shanahan offered assurances that the Pentagon has no plans to end its military support early. “We’re not going

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  • Lawmakers Request End to Troops’ Interactions With Migrants

    Lawmakers Request End to Troops’ Interactions With Migrants0

    Democratic lawmakers are seeking to get Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to drop Pentagon plans for military personnel to directly interact with migrants on the southern border, arguing it could violate long-standing law, according to a Military Times report. In a letter obtained by Defense News and signed by 19 Democratic senators, the lawmakers requested

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  • Joint Chiefs Chairman Says DOD, DHS Preparing Multi-Year Border Plan

    Joint Chiefs Chairman Says DOD, DHS Preparing Multi-Year Border Plan0

    Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford told the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee Wednesday that the Pentagon is working with the Department of Homeland Security to develop a multi-year border plan, The Hill reported. Dunford’s comments during the hearing on DOD’s fiscal 2020 budget indicated that active duty and National Guard troops will deploy to the

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  • DHS Asks DOD for More Border Troops

    DHS Asks DOD for More Border Troops0

    A new Department of Homeland Security request for additional troops and other logistical support on the southern border has been received by the Pentagon, CNN reported Friday. The request arrived late Wednesday and was still under review by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan Friday afternoon, according to CNN. The request would authorize about 300 troops

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