Author: Caitlin Yilek
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the military would not pull troops tasked with putting up barriers and planning logistics from the U.S.-Mexico border.
“We’re not going to leave until the border is secure,” he said Saturday in McAllen, Texas, according to the Associated Press. “This isn’t about identifying a problem. It’s about fixing a problem more quickly.”
Troops have been stationed there since October and are likely to remain there through September. They will not be there indefinitely, he said.
The military has about 4,400 troops stationed at the border to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Shanahan told Congress this week. The active duty and National Guard troops are not allowed to carry out law enforcement duties.
President Trump announced Thursday he was nominating Shanahan to permanently fill the defense secretary position. He has served in the role in an acting capacity since January, replacing Jim Mattis, who resigned in December.