Pentagon approves request for reinforcements at the border

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 7:32 AM PT — Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Pentagon is sending more than 300 troops to the southern border. The announcement was made Monday after acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan approved a request for reinforcements.

According to the terms of the agreement, these troops can not assist with law enforcement.

Central American migrants ride atop a freight train during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border, in Ixtepec, Oaxaca State, Mexico, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

However, they can help U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents process, transport, and take care of detained migrants.

The troops will be stationed at the border through the end of September.

There are roughly 3,000 troops already at the border, the majority of whom are members of the National Guard.

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