Shanahan says troops aim to help secure border

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) – Acting Defense Secretary has offered assurances to perhaps two dozen Border Patrol agents and other officials at the McAllen Border Patrol Station in Texas that the Pentagon won’t withdraw its military support prematurely.

He says “we’re not going to leave until the border is secure.” Shanahan also says “this isn’t about identifying a problem. It’s about fixing a problem more quickly.”

Shanahan told Congress this past week that there are 4,364 military troops on the border, including active-duty and National Guard.

They are erecting barriers, providing logistics and transportation service and other activities in support of Customs and Border Protection. The troops are prohibited from performing law enforcement duties.

Troops have been deployed on the border since last October and are committed to being there through September.

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