UPDATED 9:47 AM PT — Wed. Nov. 14, 2018
Secretary of Defense James Mattis is visiting the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, and has given an update about ongoing efforts to stop migrants from entering the country.
While speaking in Texas, Mattis said there are 5,900 troops deployed to the Mexico border and claimed that number could rise to 7,000.
Before arriving in McAllen, he said the troops’ intentions are to secure the points of entry and not come in direct contact with migrants.
“At the present I do not anticipate military personnel coming into direct contact with migrants,” stated the defense secretary. “I would just note my full confidence in General O’Shaughnessy and his NORTHCOM team, the troops who are deployed under Army North are very highly disciplined.”
Mattis also said there’s no timeline on when troops may leave the border, pointing out the U.S. military works 365 days a year.