Some US troops to leave border this week; about 3K to remain


In a Nov. 6, 2018 photo, U.S. Army Military Police from Fort Bliss Texas have shown up at the San Ysidro port of entry to support the Border Patrol after President Trump has said he fears an invasion of Hondurans arriving in coming weeks.(John Gibbins/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. officials say active duty troops will begin leaving the southern U.S border this week and the number of forces there will go down to at least 3,000 by the holidays.

There have been roughly 5,400 active duty troops along the border in recent weeks installing wire barriers and protecting border patrol agents in California, Arizona and Texas.

President Donald Trump ordered the deployment of troops in response to a caravan of Central American migrants moving toward the U.S. border.

The number of migrants has been declining and the military has finished much of the wire barrier placement.

Officials say there is less need for combat engineers and helicopter transport crews. But many of the military police will remain.

The officials spoke anonymously because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly.



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