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BORDER/IMMIGRATION/MILITARY/PENTAGON/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Pentagon will send an additional 1,100 active-duty troops and 1,000 members of the Texas National Guard to assist in securing the United States border with Mexico, the Defense Department announced on Wednesday [7-17-19], in a move that would significantly expand the American military presence there. The deployment would increase the number of American forces at the southwestern border by more than 45 percent, with the additional 2,100 troops joining roughly 4,500 personnel currently stationed there. The plan was approved on Tuesday [7-16-19] night by Richard V. Spencer, who assumed the role of acting defense secretary on Monday [7-15-19] while Mark T. Esper, President Trump’s latest nominee for the position, faced confirmation hearings this week. In deploying additional troops to the border, the Trump administration continued to signal concerns about the volume of immigration, which the president has repeatedly described as a crisis.”

-Zach Montague, “Pentagon to Send 2,100 More Troops to the Southwestern Border,” The New York Times online, July 17, 2019

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